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Danger zone: Boston Marathon bomber, mob boss in same courthouse today

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will be at the same federal courthouse in South Boston, a court official has confirmed.

Tsarnaev is scheduled to make his first court appearance since his April 19 capture on boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass., resident. He faces 30 charges for his alleged role in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, including using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. Seventeen of the charges could result in a death sentence.

The 73-page Grand Jury indictment of Tsarnaev included a note he supposedly scrawled on the inside of the boat he hid in. "The US Government is killing our innocent civilians," the note said, allegedly. "I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished."

While Tsarnaev faces his first day in court, Bulger is in week four of his trial. Bulger is charged in the deaths of 19 people during a two-decade stint as the mob boss of Boston's Irish mob. Along with the deaths, Bulger has been charged with typical mafia crimes including extortion, money laundering and racketeering.

Bulger had spent 16 years in hiding after escaping a 1995 indictment, and was finally caught in 2011.

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