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Whitey Bulger's Defense Bills Cost Taxpayers More Than $3 Million

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This photo provided by the Sundance Institute shows James Whitey Bulger in a prisoner transfer photo from the U.S. Penitentiary at Alcatraz, in San Francisco, included in the documentary film, ?Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger." In the film, Bulger tells his defense attorney that he was never an FBI informant, but rather had federal agents on his payroll. The documentary directed by Joe Berlinger has its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute | ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON (AP) — Documents filed in federal court show the costs of defending Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) have topped more than $3 million.

Documents submitted Friday show Bulger's defense lawyers have charged the government a little more than $2.7 million for their work. When the costs of experts, paralegal services and transcripts are added in, the total reaches slightly over $3 million.

The costs were included in a report to U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, who presided at Bulger's racketeering trial.

The 84-year-old Bulger spent 16 years on the run before being captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was convicted in August of playing a role in 11 murders while he led a violent gang. He's serving a life sentence in federal prison. He's appealing, so the legal costs are expected to go even higher.

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