A federal judge in Boston has granted a bid by prosecutors to dismiss a 1994 racketeering indictment against former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger so they can focus on a later indictment charging him with participating in 19 murders.
Judge Mark Wolf ruled Thursday that prosecutors were within their rights to dismiss the case.
He rejected a claim by Bulger's lawyer that prosecutors were "judge shopping."
Bulger has another hearing ahead of him. He is also asking for a taxpayer-funded attorney.
On Thursday, he was flown to Logan International Airport in a Coast Guard helicopter. Video from TV stations showed Bulger, shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, getting off the helicopter and being led into a van. He was then driven to the courthouse.
An hour use for the helicopter is $13,880. The ride was between 10 and 15 minutes.
He was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., last week after 16 years as a fugitive.