Whitey Bulger 'Deserves No Mercy,' Prosecutors Say
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Reid filed a motion on Thursday that sets up a confirmation vote on Tuesday for Nina Pillard, one of Obama's three nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans last week filibustered the first nominee, Patricia Millett, who Reid has vowed to bring up again. Obama's third nominee, Robert Wilkins, is expected to soon get a vote. Republicans are expected to block him, too.
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"He's trying to pack the court in order to affect the outcomes. I know my friends across the aisle don't like that term, court-packing," Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said last week, moments after filibustering Millett's vote. "But I don't know what else you would call this."
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"While Senate Republicans are blocking President Obama's nominees to this vital court, they were happy to confirm several judges to the D.C. Circuit when Presidents Reagan and Bush were in office," Reid said. "Pillard is incredibly qualified and dedicated. So it is truly a shame that Republicans would filibuster this nomination for unrelated political reasons."
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"There's no credibility to that argument whatsoever," said the official. "They just look like they're being completely disingenuous."
The official demurred when asked if it's time for Reid to go nuclear in order to get nominees moving, but said something has to change in the Senate. Democrats nearly moved forward with filibuster reform over the summer, but stopped at the 11th-hour after senators reached a bipartisan deal to let a select number of nominees get votes.
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BOSTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to sentence convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger to two consecutive life sentences plus five years, arguing that the man who was convicted of 11 murders "deserves no mercy."
louis vuitton outlet sale U.S. District Judge Denise Casper next week is due to sentence Bulger. The former leader of Boston's Winter Hill gang was convicted in August after a trial that featured graphic accounts of gang members machine-guning rivals, beating up extortion victims and burying bodies in the dirt-floored basement of a South Boston home.
"Bulger's horrific crimes and sadistic behavior (e.g., shooting Bucky Barrett in the back of the head at close range after hours of interrogation and then lying down on the couch to relax as his gang buried Barrett) demonstrate that he deserves no mercy at the time of sentencing," prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo filed on Thursday.
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Relatives of many of Bulger's murder victims are expected to testify in the sentencing hearing scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday about the emotional impact of his crimes.
During the trial, defense lawyers conceded that the 84-year-old Bulger was a violent "organized criminal" and focused much of their efforts on denying a government claim that Bulger served as an informant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. factory louis vuitton outlet While being an FBI informant was not a crime, it was such a severe breach of Bulger's underworld code that it motivated several of the murders he carried out.
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The heated trial was interrupted several times when Bulger swore at witnesses and former gang mates swore back at him.
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