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Whitey Bulger Update: Reputed mob boss, protege have angry exchange in court

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

From left to right: Prosecutor Brian Kelly, Judge Denise Casper, Whitey Bulger, Witness Kevin Weeks and Defense Attorney Jay Carney, seated, during Bulger's racketeering trial, July 8, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) BOSTON - James "Whitey" Bulger and his once-loyal right-hand man have had an angry, profanity-laced exchange in court during Bulger's racketeering trial in Boston.

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Tensions exploded Tuesday after Kevin Weeks called Bulger and his partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, "the biggest rats," referring to their work as FBI informants.

Bulger swore at Weeks, who then loudly swore back at Bulger and said "What are you going to do?"

Judge Denise Casper had to step in and restore order. She reminded Bulger that his lawyers are to speak for him in court.

Weeks says he decided to cooperate and testify after learning that Bulger and Flemmi were longtime FBI informants.

Weeks is on the stand for a second day in Bulger's trial for allegedly participating in 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.

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