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Whitey Bulger's Lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., Accused Of Trying To 'Color The Facts' Before Trial

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BOSTON -- Prosecutors have accused a lawyer for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger of trying to "color the facts" and influence potential jurors in the case by questioning the credibility of prospective witnesses before trial.

In a status report filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, federal prosecutors said attorney J.W. Carney Jr., in remarks to reporters, has repeatedly impugned the credibility of government attorneys and law enforcement officials Carney has said he intends to call as witnesses.

Prosecutors say Carney's comments violate a local rule of federal court that prohibits lawyers from releasing information or opinion if it could reasonably interfere with a fair trial.

Bulger is the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He is charged with participating in 19 murders.

His lawyer didn't return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

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