Boston: Judge to rule this week on Whitey Bulger attorney

A judge could decide this week whether Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will have to pay for his own attorney while his legal case unfolds.

Federal prosecutors and Bulger’s temporary court-appointed lawyer have until the end of the day on Monday to submit arguments on whether Bulger should be declared indigent and assigned a public defender.

The government is expected to fight any such move. During his initial court appearance on Friday, prosecutor Brian Kelly said authorities found $800,000 in the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment where Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig were arrested last week. Kelly also suggested that Bulger has access to other assets.

Bulger suggested he could pay for a lawyer if the government gave him back the money they seized when he was arrested.

Bulger is locked up at the Plymouth County Correctional facility in Plymouth, run by Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald.

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