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Whitey Bulger Update: Judge rejects reputed mob boss' request for mid-trial break

Former mob boss "Whitey" Bulger, found in Santa Monica after being on the run for 16 years, appeared in a Boston court and pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and racketeering. AP Photo

James "Whitey" Bulger
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(CBS/AP) BOSTON -  A judge has rejected a request from lawyers for James "Whitey" Bulger to suspend his racketeering trial for two days so they can have more time to prepare for prosecution witnesses.

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The defense sought the delay Thursday to prepare for upcoming forensic experts. Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. argued there is a large volume of documents to review and said the 83-year-old Bulger is exhausted.

Prosecutor Zack Hafer objected to the delay, saying Bulger "had 16 years to relax in California" while he was a fugitive.

Bulger is charged with having a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and `80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang and served as an FBI informant. He has pleaded not guilty.

Bulger fled ahead of a 1995 indictment and wasn't captured until 2011.

Complete coverage of the Whitey Bulger case on Crimesider

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