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Report: Bulger wants second public defender for appeal

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BOSTON ( -- Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is requesting a second attorney to handle the appeal of his federal racketeering conviction.

According to the Boston Herald, Bulger's attorney, Hank Brennan, filed paperwork asking for James Budreau to be appointed as co-counsel.

Bulger's attorneys filed a notice of appeal in November 2013. 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.

The 84-year-old was convicted in August for his role in 11 killings and other crimes that took place in the 1970s and 80s. Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on Nov. 14 and is currently being held at a penitentiary in Arizona.

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