Former Bulger Associate Weeks Testifies; No Decision Yet On Bail For Greig

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A judge has delayed ruling whether to grant bail for the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bugler.

The decision came Wednesday at the end of a two-day detention hearing for Catherine Greig. She is charged with harboring a fugitive after allegedly helping Bulger evade capture during the 16 years they were on the run together.

Greig’s lawyer told the judge his client would agree to be voluntarily held while he gathers more information to argue for her eventual release. Kevin Reddington said he wanted to submit a full background report through the court’s pretrial services division.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

During testimony on Wednesday, an FBI agent says Greig told a California hairdresser she “liked bad boys.”

Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive. Bulger and Greig were captured last month in California after 16 years on the run.

Michael Carazza said Greig told the hairdresser that she knew her husband, apparently referring to Bulger, was a bad boy when she married him but had mellowed.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

The couple had posed as husband and wife. Greig’s lawyer argues she didn’t participate in serious crimes and left Boston with Bulger when many people saw him as a “hero-like figure.”

Longtime Whitey Bulger associate Kevin Weeks also took the stand on Wednesday to testify on Greig’s behalf. He told the court he traveled to Chicago in 1996 to make fake IDs for Whitey and Catherine. He portrayed Greig as a nice woman.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields spoke to family members of Bulger’s alleged victims:

“She’s a strong person,” he stated on the stand. “She’s a caring compassionate person.” Weeks also noted that Bulger never included Catherine in “business” and said she was never violent. Family members of

Bulger’s victims were set to testify against Greig. They want her to stay behind bars, arguing she protected a murderer for 16 years.

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  1. Willow says:

    In my opinion, if you want to play with the big boys, be prepared to go down with them too. Keep her in jail until she gets her day in court.

  2. Mortaza says:

    Why isn?t there more ogrtaue over this? The decision to reveal the tipster is highly irresponsible ? something I might have expected from the National Enquirer, but not the Globe.What public interest is being served by revealing this woman?s identity? It doesn?t make any difference how the name was obtained the Globe editors should have the judgment and common decency to keep it out of the paper.In the background story video, the reporters argue that revealing the woman?s identity was essential to the credibility of the story ? that readers needed to know there was a real person and not some FBI conspiracy behind the tip. Sorry, this doesn’t wash. Reporters routinely hide the identities of juvenile defendants, rape victims and confidential sources without sacrificing the credibility of their stories. How is this any different?To be sure, the story is interesting and perhaps more interesting when you know the identity of the tipster and her background. But that doesn?t justify a terrible (and potentially dangerous) decision by the Globe.

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