Court-appointed lawyer at issue in Bulger case

June 27, 2011 - 12:15 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The judge who will preside over the case against Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger has ordered prosecutors and Bulger's temporary lawyer to try to agree on whether Bulger will get a court-appointed attorney to defend him against charges that he had a role in 19 murders.

Prosecutors have objected to Bulger receiving a taxpayer-funded attorney. Prosecutor Brian Kelly says authorities found $800,000 in cash in the California apartment where Bulger was arrested last week after 16 years as a fugitive. Kelly suggested Bulger has additional hidden assets and may be able to get financial help from his brother, former Massachusetts Senate president William Bulger.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, in an order filed Sunday, told prosecutors and Bulger's provisional attorney to confer to determine whether they can reach an agreement.