Judge to decide on Bulger's public defender bid

June 28, 2011 - 11:15 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to argue in court that James "Whitey" Bulger is not entitled to get a taxpayer-funded attorney.

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon to hear Bulger's request for a public defender.

Prosecutors have cited more than $800,000 in cash they found in Bulger's Santa Monica, Calif., apartment. Bulger, who is charged in connection with 19 murders, was captured there last week after spending 16 years as a fugitive.

Prosecutors say Bulger may have access to "family resources," including from his brother, former Massachusetts Senate president William Bulger.

The lawyer who represented Bulger at his initial appearance last week says no one in Bulger's family has offered to help him pay for his defense.