Judge delays bail decision for Bulger girlfriend
BOSTON -- Whitey Bulger’s longtime girlfriend was back in court Wednesday, asking a judge to let her out on bail. But for now, Catherine Greig will stay behind bars.
Greig smiled at her twin sister as she was brought in by Federal marshals, hand-cuffed and shackled, for day two of her probable cause and bail hearing.
The judge, Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal, delayed a ruling on whether to release Greig. Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive after allegedly helping Bulger avoid capture during their 16 years on the run.
Is Greig a flight risk?
In court, her attorney -- Kevin Reddington -- argued that she had nothing to do with Bulger’s attacks.
“She’s just a simple woman who wants to be with her sister,” he said.
Tommy Donahue, a son of a man allegedly killed by former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, spoke at the bail hearing for Greig, calling her a "creep" and Bulger's "partner in crime."
“That’s the same woman who left her house, left her family, left her friends -- to go out and roam the world with this low-life,” Donahue said.
Assistant US attorney James Herbert told the court that Greig was a definite flight risk -- a woman who knew “the tricks of the trade.”
FBI Special Agent Michael Carazza testified at the hearing, and said Greig told her hairstylist:
“She liked bad boys and indicated her husband that her husband was a bad boy when they married, but he’s over that now.”
Former Bulger associate Kevin Weeks made a surprise appearance for the defense. He described Greig as a compassionate person who might not have known the full extent of Whitey’s violent past.
“She probably saw one side of him,” he said. “Others saw the other side.”
For now, Greig is still being held.
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