Trial of Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend slated for April

A lawyer for Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of alleged gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger, renewed her bid for bail today at a federal court hearing in Boston, but a magistrate judge didn’t immediately rule.

US Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set another pretrial hearing Nov. 29 and and a tentative trial date of April 26.

Asked about federal prosecutors’ recent filing notifying the court they plan to seek new charges against Greig, defense attorney Kevin 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,’’ he said.


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

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

Meanwhile, 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.

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