Judge may lift gag order on documents in mob case

DENISE LAVOIE

BOSTON (AP) — Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's (BUHL'-jurz) lawyer says he's pleased that a magistrate judge indicated she may unseal some documents in the case.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said in court Tuesday that she will give prosecutors two weeks to indicate which of the hundreds of thousands of documents in the case should remain sealed. After that, she will give Bulger's defense team a chance to object. Then, she'll review the documents herself and decide which should remain sealed and which Bulger's defense team can share with outside lawyers, pre-trial focus groups or other third parties.

Bulger's lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., said the protective order now in place prohibits him from sharing the documents with anyone other than lawyers in his firm or witnesses. He said the order has hindered his ability to discuss trial strategy or get outside feedback on the case.