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Catherine Greig, Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend, Pleads Not Guilty

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CATHERINE GREIG
The girlfriend of reputed former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who is accused of helping him elude authorities while they were on the run for 16 years, won't be cooperating with law enforcement authorities in their case against him, her lawyer said Thursday. | AP

BOSTON (AP) -- The girlfriend of reputed former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who is accused of helping him elude authorities while they were on the run for 16 years, won't be cooperating with law enforcement authorities in their case against him, her lawyer said Thursday.

When asked by reporters whether his client, Catherine Greig, would assist prosecutors, her lawyer Kevin Reddington said, "Not while I'm representing her."

"She's going to trial on the case – that's it," he said.

Reddington made the remark after Greig pleaded not guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive.

Prosecutors say Greig actively helped Bulger escape capture, but her attorney says she was in love with Bulger and wasn't aware of the extent of Bulger's alleged crimes when she fled with him in 1995. Bulger is accused of participating in 19 murders while heading up Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang.

The couple was apprehended in Santa Monica, Calif., in June, more than 16 years after Bulger fled.

Greig entered her plea during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Greig has been jailed since she and Bulger were captured. She agreed to be voluntarily detained while her attorneys gather information to support her request to be released on bail, including real estate appraisals for two properties Greig plans to use as collateral – her house and her twin sister's house.

During her arraignment, Reddington told U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal that he is still working on documents to support her bail request.

"I think she's an excellent bail candidate," Reddington told reporters after the hearing.

When asked what's changed since Greig fled with Bulger 16 years ago, Reddington said Greig wants to be with her sister and move on with her life.

"Where's she going to go? Where's the incentive to take off?" Reddington said.

Greig smiled at her sister, Margaret McCusker, seated in the front row of the courtroom, as she was led in and again as she left.

She is due back in court for a status conference on Sept. 29.

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