BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has approved a second taxpayer-funded lawyer to help with convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger’s appeal.

The 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston approved a request Wednesday from Bulger’s lawyer, Henry Brennan, to hire James Budreau.

The Boston Globe reports that in granting permission to hire Budreau, Judge Juan R. Torruella cited the apparent difficulty of the appeal.

Bulger’s assets have been seized by the federal government, and a number of people whose relatives were murdered by him have won multimillion-dollar judgments against him.

The 84-year-old Bulger was sentenced in November to two consecutive life sentences plus five years after a jury in August found him guilty in 11 of the 19 killings with which he was charged, along with dozens of other crimes.