BOSTON — A lawyer for the longtime girlfriend of former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger said Tuesday that he might ask that her trial be held in California if federal prosecutors bring additional charges against her for the time the couple spent living in Santa Monica.
Catherine Greig is charged in Boston with conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive. Prosecutors say she helped Bulger elude authorities during the 16 years the couple spent together after fleeing Boston. They were captured in Santa Monica in June and have pleaded not guilty.
During a brief status conference in federal court Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo said prosecutors plan to seek new charges against Greig. He said the issue of where the charges will be brought was still being discussed.
Afterward, Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, said that if new charges were brought related to the couple’s years in California, he would prefer to have Greig’s trial in Los Angeles.
"I think it would be a good place to try the case out there," Reddington said. "The witnesses are all out there."
Reddington said that with new charges, a judge would likely combine the two cases and decide where the trial would be held.
The 60-year-old Greig didn’t attend Tuesday’s status hearing. Her Boston trial has been scheduled for May 7.
Pirozzolo said in court documents that prosecutors expect to resolve the venue issue within the next few weeks and prosecutors will seek the additional charges shortly after that.
The 82-year-old Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, is charged in connection with 19 murders.