Why people fall in love has been debated since beforeShakespeare s sonnets, attorney Kevin Reddington wrote in a12-page sentencing recommendation filed today in US District Court. The truth of the matter is that she was and remained in love withMr. Bulger. Reddington also criticized the families of Bulger s alleged murdervictims and asked a judge that they be prevented from speaking ather sentencing hearing. He suggested that their incessant campaignagainst the woman they call evil had driven prosecutors to askfor the strict, 10-year sentence they have proposed. |
Bulger, a former member of the FBI s Ten Most Wanted Fugitiveslist, was captured last year in Santa Monica, Calif., along withGreig. The two had been on the lam for 16 years. In March, Greigpleaded guilty to charges that she helped Bulger remain at large. Probation officials have calculated that Greig, 61, should serve asentence of 27 to 33 months, based on federal sentencingguidelines. She also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 for each ofher three convictions: conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracyto commit identity fraud, and identity fraud.
She is to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday by US District JudgeDouglas P. Woodlock. Tom Donahue, whose father, Michael, was allegedly murdered byBulger in 1982, said the defense s 27-month sentencerecommendation was absurd. He also said Reddington knows how powerful relatives of Bulger salleged victims can be if they speak at Greig s sentencing.
He knows it s only going to hurt Catherine Greig if the victimsget to speak, Donahue said in a telephone interview. There sno doubt in my mind we should be able to speak about it. She was helping elude the police for 16 plus years, he said. She knew exactly who he was, and why he was wanted. His face wasnext to [Osama] bin Laden s as America s Most Wanted.
Donahue suggested Greig s behavior is all the proof the judgeneeds to impose the longest sentence possible it was onlybecause she was captured that her years on the run ended. What has she done to deserve any leniency? he asked. Bulger, the former head of the Winter Hill gang in Somerville, isaccused of committing 19 murders, allegedly killing some peoplewhile he was working as an FBI informant. He has pleaded not guiltyand is due to go on trial this fall.
Reddington said the federal probation office has done a completeand thorough job of accurately presenting to this court [Greig s]personal history, replete with the factual presentation of herlife, work history, family, and emotional events that have impactedher life. By asking for a 10-year sentence, federal prosecutors were unjustlypunishing Greig, Reddington argued in his filing. It is not justice to use the law as a cudgel to exact theproverbial pound of flesh from a kind, gentle 60-year-old womanwho is at the mercy of this court for a fair sentencingcommensurate with her conduct which arose out of the love she hadfor Mr. James Bulger, Reddington wrote. Reddington lashed out at prosecutors, arguing that the toughsentencing recommendation was driven by a desire to polish thetarnished reputation of the FBI and federal law enforcement inMassachusetts.
The government tries to paint Grieg [sic] as somekind of sinister mastermind, orchestrating the escape and evasionof Bulger from law enforcement showing total and complete disdainfor her obligations as a citizen, he wrote. In fact, the government is apparently seeking to rectify thebungling and inept investigation of law enforcement and perhapsredeem them from the sordid history and bad publicity they havereceived, Reddington wrote. He also painted her as a positive force in their Santa Monicaneighborhood during her and Bulger s stay there, not an ominouspresence. Greig lived a quiet unobtrusive life.
She was by all accountsa sweet, kind, gentle person who helped people, was friendly andvery active in helping disabled or homeless animals, he wrote. She was a passive participant. Reddington contended that Greig was unaware of the more than$800,000 in cash and the arsenal of guns found in their apartmentbuilding in Santa Monica after she and Bulger were arrested. All of the necessaries were paid for in cash. It is readilyapparent she was given cash by Bulger, Reddington wrote.
Areview of the evidence shows that she had a cash drawer in thekitchen much like a cash register. All sorts of denominations werein the drawer, from $100 bills to $1. This drawer was the source ofher weekly expense money to maintain the modest lifestyle that theyhad. He added, There is no evidence whatsoever that she knew thelocation of the cash in the apartment or elsewhere. Reddington lashed out in his filing at Steven Davis, whose26-year-old sister Debra Davis was allegedly strangled by Bulgerand Stephen The Rifleman Flemmi in 1981.
Her remains were amongthose of six victims unearthed in secret graves in Quincy andDorchester in 2000. Steven Davis has been one of the most outspoken critics of Bulger,Greig, and federal prosecutors. Reddington said Davis led a campaign to force prosecutors to take aharsh stand against Greig following her guilty plea in March. It was then and only then that a full court press was organizedto bury Catherine Grieg [sic] with a severe prison sentence coupledby a demand for exorbitant fines and seizure of everything sheowns, Reddington wrote.
The ever garrulous Davis and his incessant press conferences andcriticism of the United States Attorney s Office as well as the evil Grieg [sic] is clearly the tail wagging the dog, Reddington wrote. Reddington also contrasted the ubiquitous Davis who haspublicly said he is working on a screenplay about his family sties to the Bulger case with Greig. Ms Grieg [sic] could havemade an incredible amount of money by selling her intellectualproperty rights to a story with the attendant spin offprojects, Reddington wrote. Using capital letters to emphasize his point, he added, AT NOTIME did Grieg [sic] EVER intend to profit off her relationshipwith Mr. Bulger.
Reddington urged the judge to take into account the monetary lossshe has suffered by choosing not to sell her story. In a telephone interview today, Davis was surprised that Greig slawyer had criticized him for being an advocate for his slainsister. Don t single me out because I speak on behalf of my sister, said Davis. There was love for these people they buried.
Shewasn t a homeless person, she wasn t an unknown person, she wasmy sister. Davis objected to Reddington s argument that the families ofBulger s alleged victims be barred from speaking at Greig ssentencing because they are not victims of her admitted criminalconduct -- harboring a fugitive and identity fraud. If he [Reddington] says we re not victims, what are we? saidDavis. She became a villain then and with that, we re victims ofthat. I m going to be heard tomorrow one way or another, insidethe court or outside the court.
Davis also scoffed at Reddington s claim that Bulger wasconsidered a Robin Hood-type figure when he fled the Boston area toevade federal racketeering charges in 1995. He was no Robin Hood. He never gave to anybody. He took fromeverybody, Davis said. You can t glamorize a guy who was doingwhat he did to my family.
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