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Judge sets Nov. trial date for Whitey Bulger

Judge sets Nov. trial date for Bulger, lawyer says more time needed to go through evidence By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' A judge has set a Nov. 5 trial date for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in federal court in Boston.

His defense attorney estimated it would take him at least a year to go through hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and hundreds of tape recordings prosecutors have turned over since Bulger was captured in June.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said Monday she understood what a "monumental task" reviewing the materials will be and said would consider a request to hire more attorneys.

Bulger, a former FBI informant, is accused of participating in 19 murders. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.

Bowler said she felt she had to set a date. Prosecutors objected to a long delay, saying they believe 82-year-old Bulger is trying to avoid trial.

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