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June 12, 2012

Whitely Bulger's moll gets sent up the river for eight years for harboring mobster

As reported in this local article, headlined "Bulger Girlfriend Greig Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison," a high-profile sentencing in Boston today resulted in a significant (within-guideline) prison term for a mobster's girlfreind. Here are the basics:

Catherine Greig, the longtime companion of James “Whitey” Bulger, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the reputed mobster elude authorities for 16 years. She was sentenced Tuesday in Boston’s federal court during a hearing in which five family members of some of Bulger’s alleged murder victims delivered impact statements.

Judge Douglas Woodlock also imposed a $150,000 fine on Greig, who had no visible reaction to the sentence, according to WBUR’s David Boeri.

In March, Greig pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. She faced a maximum sentence of 15 years for the three charges. Probation officials had recommended a sentence of 27 to 33 months, but Woodlock calculated the sentence to be between 87 and 108 months, under federal guidelines.

Prosecutors had requested a 10-year prison sentence, citing “the most extreme case of harboring [a fugitive] this district has ever seen.” Greig’s attorney said her conduct “arose out of the love she had for Bulger,” as he sought a 27-month sentence for his 61-year-old client.

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I think you might want to consider a post addressing some of the issues involving the role of the "victims" at sentencing:
(1) Given that Greig pleaded guilty to harboring and identity fraud, was it appropriate to allow the relatives of Bulger's victims to speak at sentencing?
(2) Two of the victims directly addressed Greig and told her things like (a) "Catherine, you are a dirty bitch," and (b) "If I had sister like you, I would have killed myself too" (referring to Greig's brother, who committed suicide). (These quotes aren't in a lot of the news stories, but Boston Globe reporter Milton Valencia tweeted them as they were delivered). Is this what the CVRA was intended for?

The answer to # 1 is probably up for debate. In my mind at least, the answer to # 2 is clear.

Posted by: RR | Jun 12, 2012 3:40:47 PM

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