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Bulger lawyer: defense needs a year before trial

Bulger lawyer: defense needs another year to go through 'tsunami' of evidence By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' Lawyers for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger have told a judge they need at least another year to go through "a tsunami's worth" of evidence provided by prosecutors, including more than half a million documents and nearly 1,000 tapes.

Bulger's lawyers said in court documents filed Monday that a suggestion by prosecutors that a trial date should be set soon is "so unreasonable that it is frivolous." Bulger is accused of participating in 19 murders.

The 82-year-old former leader of the Winter Hill Gang was also a top-echelon FBI informant. He was captured in June in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.

Bulger's lawyers are expected in court Monday afternoon for a hearing on what additional evidence they may ask for and to set a schedule for filing motions in the case.

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