LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – The FBI said Thursday night during a news conference that Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger would spend the night in a Los Angeles jail and would be returning to Boston as early as Friday.
Bulger appeared in Los Angeles federal court earlier in the day and had been remanded to Massachusetts to face charges.
Balding, with a full white beard and wire-rimmed glasses, a thin but fit Bulger, who was handcuffed, clutched court documents against his chest and said he understood the charges against him.
“I got them all here,” Bulger said in a Boston accent to a packed courtroom. “It will take me quite a while to finish these. I know them all pretty well.”
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Bulger shuffled out of the courtroom and cracked a smile after a law enforcement officer patted him on the back and led him away.
He faces federal charges that include murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering. Greig was charged with harboring a fugitive.
Both Bulger and Greig have asked for court-appointed attorneys, claiming they’re broke.
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Bulger, who was arrested at his home in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night, appeared Thursday with girlfriend
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Catherine Greig and waived his right to a removal hearing.
The pair were arrested late Wednesday in their suburban Santa Monica apartment after 16 years on the run.
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DesLauriers said the FBI’s Los Angeles office received the tip Tuesday night and relayed it to the Boston office. It was reviewed and appeared credible.
On Thursday night, agents said the tip was generated thanks to a new publicity campaign targeting Greig. They acknowledge the tipster would be eligible for the $2 million reward being offered, but suggested that tipster had not yet come forward.
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