Whitey Bulger Trial: Ex-FBI supervisor to testify at reputed mob boss' trial

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.
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(CBS/AP) BOSTON - A former FBI supervisor who admitted taking cash from James "Whitey" Bulger and protecting him from prosecution is scheduled to testify against Bulger at his racketeering trial.

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John Morris is expected to testify Monday.

Morris was the supervisor of John Connolly, the FBI agent who was Bulger's handler while he allegedly worked as an FBI informant. Prosecutors say Bulger provided information on the New England Mafia, rivals to his Winter Hill Gang. Bulgers' lawyers deny that he was an informant, but say he corrupted agents with cash so they would tip him off to search warrants, wiretaps and indictments.

Morris has admitted that he accepted $7,000 in payoffs from Bulger.

The 83-year-old Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and `80s. He has pleaded not guilty.

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