Joe Bruno on the Mob – No Bail for Bulger’s Moll Catherine Greig

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Well it looks like sanity reigns in the U.S. Magistrate court in Boston, Mass.

It took four months to come to a decision, but Judge Jennifer C. Boal, decided in a Nov. 4 order that Catherine Greig “poses such a serious flight risk under the Bail Reform Act that no set of release conditions would assure her return appearance to court.”

Judge Boal pointed out that living with Whitey Bulger on the lam for 16 years was not a typical case of harboring a fugitive, where a person merely hides someone in their house for a few days.

“Greig hid herself from law enforcement for sixteen years while allegedly aiding Bulger in eluding capture,” Judge Boal wrote. “During that time, Greig lived under a variety of assumed names and was able to obtain false identification documents, some of which appear to be government-issued identifications which bear her photo and a false name.”

So Boal came to the same conclusion I did months ago. If Greig was willing and able to lam it 16 years ago, what’s to stop the 60-year old woman from doing the same thing again? And maybe, just maybe, Greig know where, and has access to, Bulger’s hidden fortune. No one in their right mind believes that the $800,000 that was found in the walls of the California condo Bulger and Greig were living in at the time of their capture, was all the money Bulger had hidden in this whole wide world.

If convicted, Greig faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Judge Boal also wrote in her report, “She owns a home in Massachusetts and has a sister in Massachusetts as well. But she walked away from both sixteen years ago when she left Massachusetts with Bulger, demonstrating a willingness to leave everything and everyone behind.”

Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, says he will appeal the judge’s decision, but I can’t see how any right-minded person could come to the conclusion, that if given the change, Catherine Greig would not disappear into the wind again.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/whitey-bulger-extended-coverage/29689278/detail.html

No Bail For Whitey’s Gal Pal

Judge Denies Catherine Greig’s Request

David Frank

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

BOSTON — Nearly four months after the court held a hearing on whether James “Whitey” Bulger’s gal-pal, Catherine Greig, should be released from jail while her harboring a fugitive case inches closer to trial, a U.S. Magistrate judge has finally issued a decision denying the request.

The judge, Jennifer C. Boal, wrote in a Nov. 4 order that Greig poses such a serious flight risk under the Bail Reform Act that no set of release conditions would assure her return appearance to court.

Boal noted that the Greig matter was not a typical harboring case where a relative merely hides someone in their house for a few days or gives a person money in order to leave town.

Greig hid herself from law enforcement for sixteen years while allegedly aiding Bulger in eluding capture,” she wrote. “[D]uring that time, Greig lived under a variety of assumed names and was able to obtain false identification documents, some of which appear to be government-issued identifications which bear her photo and a false name.”

Although the charge against Greig is normally not one considered to be a crime of violence, the judge said she could not ignore the fact that the 60-year-old former hairdresser is accused of hiding a man accused of committing 19 murders who at one time sat on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

She owns a home in Massachusetts and has a sister in Massachusetts as well,” Boal said. “But she walked away from both sixteen years ago when she left Massachusetts with Bulger, demonstrating a willingness to leave everything and everyone behind.”

The ruling came just hours after Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, urged the judge to make a decision one way or the other.

The defendant is presumed innocent and understands the unique circumstances of this case, but is requesting that this Court render a decision directing her release subject to whatever terms and conditions the Court feels are appropriate or denying the request,” Reddington wrote.

Despite the defense set back, the bail issue is not over.

Reddington will undoubtedly appeal to U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, the trial judge assigned to preside over Greig’s trial.

If convicted, Greig faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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