Boston.com on April 13, 2012 released the following:
“Prosecutors say Bulger victims should address court in Greig’s case
By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff
Federal prosecutors say that the families of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims should be able to address a federal court judge and describe the pains they suffered at the hands of his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, when she is sentenced in June.
Victims of crimes are allowed to provide impact statements in court proceedings, and prosecutors say that Bulger’s alleged victims are Greig’s victims, as well.
“She knew that law enforcement was actively searching for Bulger so that he could be brought to Boston to face charges,” prosecutors said in court filings. “At a minimum, she should have known that her conduct would cause distress to those families.”
Greig, 61, pleaded guilty in March to helping Bulger remain a fugitive, and for identity theft. She helped him go to a doctor’s office and obtain prescriptions, using fake identification, for instance.
She was with him for most of his 16 years on the lam, and they were arrested together on June 22 last year in Santa Monica, Calif., in the same apartment they had been living in since at least 1998.
Greig is slated to be sentenced June 12, and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of three counts: conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity theft, and identity theft.
Bulger is slated to go to trial in November.
US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock had asked prosecutors whether Bulger’s victims would be eligible to address the court in Greig’s case, and prosecutors respond that they are, that they suffered “emotional distress.”
“The defendant helped Bulger avoid capture,” prosecutors said. “By doing so, she took an active part in denying the families of the alleged murder victims an opportunity to have Bulger brought to court to face justice. The emotional harm to those families was real and significant.
“For sixteen years, those families faced the prospect that Bulger would never be found and that the alleged murderer of their loved ones would escape justice.””
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