BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction on Monday, contending a judge wrongly blocked them from arguing that a U.S. official had given him immunity for his crimes.
Bulger, 85, was found guilty of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s in a trial that shone a light on his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston, who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster’s crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American Mafia.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts is testing a program that would enable profoundly deaf people to serve on juries in state courts with the help of sign-language interpreters, in an effort described by advocates for the deaf as the most extensive in the United States.
The program, which has so far been tested in eight of the state’s 14 counties, aims to provide deaf Massachusetts residents summoned to jury duty with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters from the moment they arrive at a courthouse, through jury selection and trial, officials said on Friday.
Pope Francis’ approval rating in the United States has dropped during the past year, according to a poll, with conservatives and Roman Catholics taking a cooler view of the pontiff after his strong warning on environmental crises and criticism of the excesses of capitalism.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Backers of Boston’s controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday said they would carry some $2.3 billion in insurance for event, an effort to assuage worries that city taxpayers could be left footing the bill.
The Boston 2024 bid committee said it would line up a series of insurance policies that would cover the costs ranging from a terror attack, the injury of spectators or the outright cancellation of the Summer Games, if Boston’s bid was approved by the International Olympic Committee.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for the Archdiocese of Boston on Wednesday asked a state appeals court to find that parishioners who have staged a decade-long vigil intended to stop the closure of their church were trespassing and could be ordered out.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is the last of a half-dozen Boston-area Roman Catholic churches that parishioners have occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since 2004 when the archdiocese listed it among some 70 parishes to be closed in a restructuring.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Major Jan Mohammad Arash was one of three Afghan soldiers who turned themselves in at a Canadian border crossing in New York state in September after disappearing from an exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, provoking a search by military officials and state police.
By Scott Malone
(Reuters) – A Maine innkeeper broke no laws when she offered to give away her historic hotel to the winner of an essay contest that charged a $125 entry fee, state police said on Tuesday following an investigation into the contest.
The owner of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant, located east of the White Mountains near the New Hampshire border, attracted national attention in March when she said she was retiring and planned to give away the property to the winner of an essay contest.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Backers of Boston’s controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games unveiled a revised plan for the Games on Monday that they said would run a $210 million operating surplus, addressing concerns the event would leave city taxpayers on the hook.
The forecast operating budget of $4.595 billion excludes hefty capital costs including an estimated $2.8 billion to build an Olympic Village for housing athletes and a $1.2 billion temporary stadium that would host the opening and closing ceremonies and then be disassembled and converted to parkland.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologised for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing before a U.S. judge formally sentenced him to death for killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath.
The 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, who had not testified during his trial, referred to Allah and admitted that he and his now-dead older brother carried out one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil, in a courtroom packed with survivors of the April 15, 2013 bombing.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Before he was sentenced to death on Wednesday, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court for his role in the attack and its aftermath that claimed four lives and injured 264.
But few in Boston, from the survivors of the April 15, 2013 attack to the city’s streets, were impressed by the 21-year-old man’s words.