BOSTON — A federal prosecutor contends that relatives of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims had a right to address the court during the sentencing of Catherine Greig, the former mobster’s longtime girlfriend.

Greig is seeking a reduction in her eight-year federal prison sentence for helping Bulger during his 16 years as a fugitive. Greig’s lawyer claims the relatives should not have been allowed to speak at her sentencing because they weren’t direct victims of her crimes.

In a court filing last week, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo argued that the relatives who spoke did suffer as a result of Greig’s harboring of Bulger.

Bulger and Greig were posing as married retirees when authorities arrested them in SantaMonica, Calif., in June 2011.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders and goes on trial next June.

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