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Bulger is awaiting trial. A federal prosecutor said Wednesday at a status conference that he believes Bulger is trying to “manipulate the system” so he’s never brought to trial for his role in the murders.

Bulger’s lawyer said the volume of evidence he has received from prosecutors is “enormous” and he and other lawyers need more time to go through it, and noted that it generally takes 18-30 months for a murder case to go to trial in Massachusetts.

Another status conference in the case is scheduled for next month.