Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Will changing judges help the perception of a fair trial?
Wednesday, January 9
Should the presiding judge in the James "Whitey" Bulger case recuse himself or be removed from the case? That's the argument Bulger's legal team made to an appeals court Tuesday, saying Judge Richard Stearns' time as a prosecutor overlapped with Bulger's time as an FBI informant. According to boston.com, Stearns has said he had no knowledge of the Bulger investigation while he served as a prosecutor. He also said he was not aware of any immunity deal in place for Bulger. That's a key defensive claim, and it is hotly disputed by the prosecution. What do you think? Can Bulger get a fair trial in Boston? Should Judge Stearns step down from the case? Should the appeals court order him removed? Or is this just a stall tactic by the defense? …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Multiple media outlets are reporting that James "Whitey" Bulger has been hospitalized with chest pains.
Whitey Bulger was transported to Boston Medical Center after suffering from chest pains Sunday, according to multiple media outlets. A call to the Plymouth County Sherriff has not yet been returned regarding the matter, but Bulger has a history of heart problems. Bulger has been housed at Plymouth County Correctional Facility since his arrest in June 2011.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The trial date in the case against James "Whitey" Bulger has been pushed back from November to March of 2013, according to media reports.
Lawyers for James "Whitey" Bulger said in a court filing Monday that the notorious alleged mobster had an immunity deal with the government, and therefore charges against him should be dropped, according to media reports. According to Boston.com, Monday's court filing says Bulger struck a deal with the Department of Justice in the 1970s and "the immunity agreement fully protects the defendant from prosecution for all of the crimes currently under indictment." Bulger, who was a fugitive for 16 years, is charged with being connected to 19 murders, in addition to other charges. On Monday, Bulger's lawyers also said that the judge in the trial, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Stearns, should recuse himself because he was a former federal …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
US District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock allowed relatives of some of James "Whitey" Bulger's alleged victims to speak at the sentencing of Catherine Greig, Bulger's longtime companion.
One witness characterized Catherine Greig as a “cold-hearted criminal.” One labeled her as an enabler, while another said she was a willing partner and co-conspirator in the 16-year flight from justice of her longtime boyfriend, reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Greig was sentenced to eight years in federal prison just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston for her role in helping Bulger evade capture for the past 16 years. Bulger, whose two-plus decades at the helm of the Winter Hill Gang left a bloody legacy across the city, was, for 12 years, preceded only by Osama Bin Laden on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock opted to allow …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Greig faces a long sentence for her role in James "Whitey" Bulger's flight from authorities.
Catherine Greig, girlfrend of reputed Boston mobster and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, will spend the next eight years in prison. Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock passed down with the sentence just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The sentence is close to the 10 years prosecuters requested. Greig's attorney, Kevin Reddington, had asked for a 27-month sentence. Woodlock also ordered Greig to pay a $150,000 fine. The judgment came down after a morning of emotional—sometimes anguishing—testiomy from family members of Bulger's alleged victims. Members from five families were allowed to speak as part of the hearing today. Greig, 61, was captured last year in Santa Monica, Calif. after 16 years on the lam with Bulger, her longtime companion. Bulger, a …
Monday, June 11, 2012
James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime companion to be sentenced in federal court tomorrow.
In response to the government's recommendation that James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime companion, Catherine Greig, spend the next 10 years in prison for helping him elude capture, her attorney asked for a sentence of 27 months. "Vengence and pride may drive the government's sentence recommendation of 10 years," Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, wrote in an often-colorful 8-page memorandum filed in U.S. District Court in Boston today. But the government's recommendation far exceeds the Probation Department's sentencing guidelines of 27 to 33 months, he wrote. Greig, 61, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. She faces up to five years in prison for each of her offenses. In pleading guilty in March to harboring a fugitive, identity fraud and …
Friday, June 8, 2012
In a memorandum filed today, federal prosecutors said alleged mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend committed the worse case of harboring they'd seen.
Federal prosecutors today recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $150,000 and a period of supervised release for three years for Catherine Greig, longtime companion of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. She pleaded guilty March 14 to helping him elude capture. "This is no garden variety harboring case. It is the most extreme case of harboring this District has seen," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz wrote in her 36-page sentencing memorandum, filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston. "Knowing full well that Bulger was wanted for very serious crimes and having ample opportunity to walk away at any time, Greig not only concealed Bulger from law enforcement but did, herself, commit multiple additional felonies in order to …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Catherine Greig admitted to harboring a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend to reputed Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, pleaded guilty in federal court this afternoon to conspiracty to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. In pleading guilty, Greig admitted to having a close personal relationship with Bulger, fleeing from the Boston area with him in 1995 and assisting him while he hid from authorities for 16 years. Greig admitted to using false identities to conceal herself during her time in hiding. Bulger and Greig were ultimately arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 22, 2011. According to the Boston.com, as part of her agreement for pleading guilty, prosecutors will not call on Gerig to testify against Bulger, the reputed head …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Prosecutors filed a superseding information in federal court Monday in anticipation of a guilty plea from Catherine Greig, who is charged with harboring a fugitive and identity fraud.
Catherine Greig, James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal charges, according to court filings. Greig admitted to possessing stolen identities and helping harbor the organized crime figurehead from law enforcement from 1995 to 2011, according to a filing submitted Monday afternoon and signed by Greig (Read Greig's Statement Here). The Boston Globe reports that Greig met with prosecutors to discuss a plea deal Monday, and it was expected to be announced in a court appearance Wednesday. Prosecutors filed a 19-page document Monday afternoon outlining charges of harboring a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud and identity fraud, charges that stem from the 16 years Greig spent with Bulger…
Monday, March 12, 2012
Grieg faces up to five years in prison on charges of harboring a fugitive.
The girlfriend of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, Catherine Greig, may plead guilty, according to New England Cable News and other media outlets. Greig is accused of harboring Bulger during his 16 years in hiding, when he was one of the FBI's top-ten fugitives. According to reports, Steve Davis, brother of Debbie Davis, who was murdered in 1981 (one of 19 people Bulger is accused of murdering), said he was contacted by prosecutors Friday about the possibility that Greig may change her plea. In August, she pleaded not guilty to charges of harboring a fugitive. Greig is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. She faces up to five years in prison for the charges brought against her. Judge Denies Bail Request for Catherine Greig Greig's…