Court approves 2nd lawyer to help Bulger's appeal

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has approved a second taxpayer-funded lawyer to help with convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's (BUHL'-jurz) appeal.

The 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals approved a request Wednesday from Bulger's lawyer, Henry Brennan, to hire James Budreau.

The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1gXAMJh ) reports that in granting permission to hire Budreau, Judge Juan R. Torruella cited the apparent difficulty of the appeal.

Bulger's assets have been seized by the federal government, and a number of people whose relatives were killed by him have won multimillion-dollar judgments against him.

The 84-year-old Bulger was sentenced in November to two consecutive life sentences plus five years. A jury in August found him guilty in 11 of the 19 killings with which he was charged, along with dozens of other crimes.

___

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.