Given the epic nature of Bulger’s life, it is likely that all the poten­tial jurors will have at least heard his name or per­haps even known him or his cohorts — or his alleged vic­tims — legal observers said.

The ques­tion is, ‘Based on what you know, do you feel you can be fair,’ ” said Dan Medwed, a law pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Almost everyone in Boston is going to know about it. The goal is to find anyone who is impartial.”

The last time so many prospec­tive jurors were called in was for the sen­tencing stage for serial killer Gary Lee Sampson, according to legal observers. That was to deter­mine whether he should receive the death sen­tence. And it took weeks to empanel a jury.

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