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Boston crime boss sentenced to life imprisonment

On Thursday, November 14, notorious Boston crime boss, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison. Judge Denise J. Casper of Federal District Court handed him two consecutive life sentences plus a five-year jail term.

Last August, Bulger, 84, was convicted of an array of crimes including 31 counts of racketeering, 11 murders, extortion, trafficking cocaine and marijuana, money laundering, and illegal weapon possession.

Judge Casper told Bulger that the “scope, callousness, and depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable.”

Bulger was ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution to his victim’s estates and make a separate payment of $25.2 million to the government. It is not confirmed that Bulger possesses the financial capability to pay the entirety of these fines.

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Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

Twenty-six-year-old South African double-amputee marathon runner Oscar Pistorius, who claims he shot 30-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 because he mistook her for an intruder in their house, was indicted on Monday, August 19 for murder and illegal possession of ammunition. He is set to undergo trial at the High Court in Pretoria, the South African capital. A judge will preside over the trial and declare Pistorius guilty or innocent, as South Africa doesn’t have trial by jury.

Prosecuting attorneys, who believed Pistorius attacked Steenkamp after an argument, submitted a list of 100 witnesses to the court.

According to a statement released by South Africa’s police commissioner, he and the team that worked on the investigation of Pistorius’ case, which included detectives, forensic, ballistics, and technology experts, and psychologists, believe they have all the data needed to convict Pistorius.

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