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Bulger’s girlfriend submits another request for bail

By John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane
Globe Staff / September 30, 2011

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The lawyer for Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of reputed gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger, renewed her bid for bail yesterday at a federal court hearing in Boston, but a magistrate judge did not immediately rule on the request.

US Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set another pretrial hearing for Nov. 29 and a tentative trial date of April 26 before US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock.

Asked about federal prosecutors’ recent filing notifying the court they plan to seek new charges against Greig, defense attorney Kevin J. Reddington said after the hearing: “The government’s going to do what the government wants to do. That’s why we have juries.

“We will address that along the way,’’ the Brockton-based lawyer said.

Asked how his client is doing, Reddington said, “She’s a very strong woman, a wonderful client, and just a very nice person.’’

Reddington would not comment on whether Greig and Bulger have been writing to each other.

Greig, 60 - who was captured in June along with Bulger in Santa Monica, Calif. - is being held without bail on a single charge of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive for allegedly helping Bulger, 81, to evade capture for more than 16 years.

Both the prosecution and defense have filed a request in the Bulger case for the judge to push back the eventual trial date, saying the case was “unusual and complex’’ and it was unreasonable to expect adequate preparation within the time limits called for in the speedy trial law and regulations.

John Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Martin Finucane can be reached at mfinucane@globe.com.