Joe Bruno on the Mob – Whitey Bulger’s Moll Gets Eight Years in the Slammer – Was the Sentence Tough Enough?


Score a small one for the prosecution. But the big fish is next on deck.


On Tuesday June 12, 2012, after a plea deal was reached by the prosecutors and her lawyer Kevin  Reddington, Whitey Bulger’s longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig was sentenced to eight years in prison.  Greig had been on the run with Bulger for 16 years; before they were caught last June in their love-nest condo in Santa Monica Cal. Bulger is facing about a thousand years in prison, as he awaits trial on charges that he was involved in as many as 19 murders.


Greig was also fined $15,000; a mere pittance, since when they were captured, the Feds found more than $800,000 in cash hidden in the walls of the condo. And if you think that was the last piece of change Bulger had left in this world, I’d like to sell you a condo on the moon. And if you think his girlfriend has no knowledge of where that money is, I’ll throw in another condo on Mars.


Worst of all, as part of the plea deal, Greig will not be called to testify against Bulger, which shows that a good lawyer can make suckers out of the government every time.


Greig’s attorney Reddington told the court a fairy tale that Greig had fallen hopelessly in love with a Robin Hood-type figure; hardly the description I would use to describe a mass murderer like Bulger.


In convincing the judge to go easy on Greig, Reddington wrote in a tear-jerking brief, “Why people fall in love has been debated since before Shakespeare’s sonnets. Many times people fall in love and their family or loved ones do not approve or condone the relationship. The truth of the matter is that she was and remained in love with Mr. Bulger.”


After Greig’s sentencing, Reddington told reporters, “She’s in love with the guy. If she could be with the guy right now, she’d be with him. And she doesn’t believe for one minute that he’s guilty or capable of these horrible crimes. She doesn’t buy it, she doesn’t believe it, and she absolutely stands by her man.”


Ugh! Makes me want to puke.

What’s even more disgusting – was that when Reddington was asked by the press if Greig had any regrets at all about the 16 years she spent with a fugitive on the run, Reddington simply said, “No.”


Before sentencing Greig, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock said that Greig’s role in helping Bulger stay on the run for 16 years involved “more than mere harboring.”


“The defendant is capable of making her own choices and had a long time to make her own choices,” Judge Woodlock said, before handing down her sentence.


The prosecutors had asked for ten years for Greig, but Judge Woodlock cut that down by 20 per cent. Counting the year she has already spent in prison, the 61-year-old Greig could be out on the streets in a little over five years.


However, the prosecutors didn’t feel that the judge was too light on Greig.


“Eight years is a very significant sentence,” U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told reporters.

“This was not a romantic saga. We believe the sentence imposed addressed the severity of the crimes. Now she’s paying the price for the choices that she made.”


Not surprisingly, the relatives of Bulger’s alleged victims did not feel the same way as did the judge and the prosecution.


In a statement to the judge before the sentencing, Steven Davis, the brother of alleged Bulger murder victim Debra Davis, wanted Greg to get the maximum penalty allowed by law.


Davis told the judge, “She never had the heart to look any of us in the eye. Catherine, you dirty b(expletive).”


Tim Connors, 37, whose father, Edward, was allegedly shot to death by Bulger, addressed a stone-faced Greig in court, saying, “You are as much a criminal as Whitey, and you ought to be handled as such. You are a cold-hearted criminal.”


I don’t know, but it seems to me that Greig got off a little easy. Only a moron, or a person from a different planet, could not know Bulger was ruthless head of a murderous mob. It was all over the newspapers, especially in the Boston area where Bulger ruled with an iron fist, and where Greig lived. So to say that Greig does not believe Bulger was “guilty or capable of these horrible crimes,” is just plain silly.


Since Greig is now 61, and say she gets out of prison in a little over five years, and considering the life expectancy of  an America female is around  84-years, Greig will have close to 20 years, or more to be  free in society, while Bulger’s alleged victims are all still dead.


Doesn’t sound like justice to me.












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