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Whitey Bulger's longtime companion is 'a very nice woman' and should be released, her attorney says

June 29, 2011 |  7:49 am

Bulger An attorney for James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime companion Catherine Greig is pushing for his client to be released from custody.

Greig allegedly spent more than a decade on the lam with Bulger, the Boston mobster who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List.

The 81-year-old Bulger is accused of numerous crimes, including 19 killings, and faces two separate federal indictments, one from 1995 and the other from 1999.

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Greig's attorney, Kevin Reddington, told the Boston Globe that Greig is “a very nice woman’’ who poses no flight risk if released under electronic monitoring. “I will be arguing she should be released,’’ he told the Globe on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they want to try Bulger "as soon as possible," saying the families of the 19 people he is accused of killing deserve justice.

In court papers filed in Boston, U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz said there was "substantial public interest in ensuring the defendant faces the most serious charges before the end of his natural life. The 19 families of murder victims have been denied justice for many years because the defendant has successfully eluded law enforcement apprehension."

FBI agents are analyzing two cellphones found at Bulger's Santa Monica apartment, hoping they can provide clues as to whether the Boston mobster received help during his 14 years as a fugitive.

Authorities are trying to figure out how Bulger was able to live fairly openly in Santa Monica. One key question is whether he got financial help. The FBI found more than $800,000 in cash inside the walls of the apartment.

In an interview with the FBI on a flight from Los Angeles to Boston, Bulger admitted that he "previously stashed money with people he trusted." But he did not say whether anyone is hiding assets for him now, according to the court records.

The cellphones could also help explain how Bulger was able to communicate with his associates without his true identity being discovered by those he saw every day.


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Photo:  Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and Catherine Elizabeth Greig in custody. Credit: WCVB-TV.