BOSTON — A federal magistrate judge has rejected a request for bail by the longtime girlfriend of reputed former Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, ruling she’d been on the run for years and would likely flee again.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal said Friday that Catherine Greig had already shown a willingness to leave home and family when she fled with Bulger in 1995. She said no bail conditions would guarantee Greig wouldn’t flee before trial.
Greig faces a charge of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive for helping Bulger escape capture for more than 16 years. Bulger is accused of participating in 19 murders. The pair was caught in California in June.
Friday’s ruling came shortly after Greig’s lawyer filed a motion urging Boal to rule, so he could appeal if bail was denied.