Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger will appeal the racketeering conviction that landed him a life sentence last week.
Bulger’s attorneys, J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan, filed the one-sentence notice of appeal in federal court on Wednesday evening. The appeal notice had been expected.
The lawyers have said Bulger believes his trial was a “sham” because he wasn’t allowed to argue that a now-deceased federal prosecutor gave him immunity to commit crimes.
Bulger was convicted in August in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s. He was sentenced Nov. 14 to two consecutive life terms after a two-day hearing at which families of his victims vented their anger, and Judge Denise Casper castigated him for “almost unfathomable depravity.”
But he was on the government payroll for a while, does that mean he gets a pension?
If he wanted immunity to commit crimes he should have run for Congress like the others.