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Judge bans Whitey Bulger's immunity defense

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The new judge presiding over the James "Whitey" Bulger case has granted prosecutors' motion to bar the reputed mobster from arguing immunity at trial.

>>Court Documents: Whitey Bulger denied immunity

Judge Denise Casper on Thursday upheld a decision by the previous judge on the case who was removed because of the possibility of a conflict of interest.

Casper ruled "any alleged immunity agreement ... is a bar to prosecution to be determined by the court and not a defense to the crimes charged to be presented to the jury."

Judge Casper set May 6 as a new deadline for Bulger's team to file any new requests.

Bulger's attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., argued he should be able to present a trial defense claiming that a law enforcement official who has died gave Bulger immunity from prosecution.

Bulger, 83, is scheduled to go on trial next month for his connection to 19 slayings. He has pleaded not guilty.

>>Court Documents: Whitey Bulger denied immunity

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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