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Can Whitey Bulger Get a Fair Trial in Boston?

Will changing judges help the perception of a fair trial?

Should the presiding judge in the James "Whitey" Bulger case recuse himself or be removed from the case? That's the argument Bulger's legal team made to an appeals court Tuesday, saying Judge Richard Stearns' time as a prosecutor overlapped with Bulger's time as an FBI informant. 

According to boston.com, Stearns has said he had no knowledge of the Bulger investigation while he served as a prosecutor. He also said he was not aware of any immunity deal in place for Bulger. That's a key defensive claim, and it is hotly disputed by the prosecution.

What do you think? Can Bulger get a fair trial in Boston? Should Judge Stearns step down from the case? Should the appeals court order him removed? Or is this just a stall tactic by the defense? And what about the families of victims? Would a change of judges ensure they get justice in the case? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

David Ertischek (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I'm not sure if he could get a fair trial in Boston. I'd like to think that he could. I know a lot of people haven't heard of him outside of Boston, so he could definitely get a fair trial outside of Boston.
just thinking January 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM
just like his victims,I did know him
walter ferme January 10, 2013 at 06:14 PM
He will get a fair trial... If he does not, this will be divine retribution or payback for all the extra years of freedom he got to enjoy thanks to the silence and cover up by his famous brother William. William falsely stated (even under oath, I believe) he did not know Whitey's whereabouts William was President of Massachusetts senate for almost 20 years.

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