BOSTON (AP) — A provisional lawyer for James “Whitey” Bulger has accused federal prosecutors in Boston of manipulating the judicial process.

The government is attempting to dismiss one of the indictments against the reputed mob boss so they can focus on a later indictment that includes charges that he participated in 19 murders.

Attorney Peter Krupp asks in a motion filed Wednesday that both indictments against Bulger be consolidated.

The former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., last week after 16 years on the run.

Prosecutors want to dismiss a 1994 racketeering indictment and focus solely on the 1999 charges.

Krupp said in court documents that the government is attempting “forum shopping” to manipulate the usual process of randomly assigning judges to cases.

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