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US releases photos of Bulger, Greig

By Shelley Murphy
Globe Staff / August 2, 2011

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Nearly six weeks after fugitive James “Whitey’’ Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, were arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., the US Marshals Service released their booking photos yesterday.

It was the first official release of the photos, though some copies had been released unofficially earlier.

Recent photos of the couple are rare because cameras are not allowed in federal court.

The 81-year-old Bulger, who had been on the run for 16 years, is being held at the Plymouth County House of Correction on murder charges in 19 slayings.

Greig, 60, is being held at a jail in Rhode Island on charges of harboring a fugitive.

Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler granted a routine request yesterday by federal prosecutors to give them more time to provide Bulger’s defense attorney with discovery in the case, a request supported by Bulger attorney J.W. Carney Jr.

Shelley Murphy can be reached at shmurphy@globe.com.