Bulger girlfriend to face new contempt charge

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Bulger girlfriend to face new charges.

Though, in the context of the time, the FBI and the mob were each something of a boys’ club, there are women in the story Warner Bros. Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger — who has refused to tell a grand jury who helped the notorious mob boss and mass killer evade capture for so long — is facing contempt charges that her lawyer claims are “vindictive” and could lengthen her prison time.A group of liberal senators on Tuesday urged the Treasury Department to crack down on a tax break benefiting Wall Street investment managers, the latest effort by Democrats to draw attention to “carried interest.” In a letter, Democratic Sens.James “Whitey” Bulger’s longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, was indicted Tuesday on a new charge of criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating whether any other people helped him during his 16 years as a fugitive.

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Al Franken of Minnesota, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island urged the Obama administration to complete proposed rules that would limit investment managers’ ability to get the tax break on part of their income. Portraying them are Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Juno Temple (“Maleficent”) and Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”). “Black Mass” explores how a deal between ruthless gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) and FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) enabled Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, as Connolly—blinded by his own ambition—shielded him from investigation, ignoring the rising body count.

They could add an unspecified number of years to the eight-year sentence Greig was handed in 2012 for identity fraud and harboring Bulger, prosecutors said. Dakota Johnson plays Lindsey Cyr, who had been Whitey’s longtime girlfriend and the mother of his only child. “Dakota has a sweetness and an earthiness about her that I wanted in Lindsey to counterbalance Whitey’s more taciturn nature,” says director Scott Cooper. “Lindsey does bring out some level of humanity in Whitey, mainly through their shared love for their son,” Johnson observes. “It doesn’t make him any less terrible a person, but it shows a different side of him.” Johnson shares several intense scenes with Johnny Depp, particularly a pivotal hospital sequence. “That day was very quiet,” narrates Johnson. “There was a very heavy atmosphere on set because Johnny was really not himself at all – he was completely another person – and I’m not a mother. Brian Kelly, former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Bulger and is now a partner at Nixon Peabody in Boston, said authorities are pressing Greig primarily to help them find Bulger’s money — much of which is earmarked for the families of his victims. “The federal authorities are going to be looking to determine who helped Bulger when he was on the run — that includes who helped him hide his money, which could be pretty much anyone from friends to relatives,” Kelly said.

Democrats have been spurred in part by the growing popularity of carried-interest repeal among some Republican presidential candidates, notably Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. It’s unclear how much more time she could spend behind bars if convicted of the new charge. “She knows nothing,” Greig’s twin sister, Margaret McCusker, of South Boston, said during a brief telephone interview Tuesday. “There is no reason for her to talk to anybody because she doesn’t know anything.” McCusker questioned the fairness of punishing Greig more harshly than some of Bulger’s underworld associates who were given short prison terms for murder in exchange for cooperating with the government. So I think we completely flipped away from ourselves and that kind of allowed us to create the scene the way it was, with Scott’s help and guidance.” Juno Temple appears as Deborah Hussey, who “has a questionable relationship with her stepfather, Steve Flemmi,” the actress says cryptically. “Unbeknownst to her, she ends up on the wrong side of Whitey Bulger, which leads to serious complications for her.” Marianne Connolly starts to see another side of her husband, John, as he becomes more entangled with Whitey. She liked “the bad boys,” as she once told her hairdresser, and what could be badder than running around with the guy who wiped out almost your entire family?

Bulger is serving two life sentences at a maximum-security prison in Sumterville, Fla., and Greig is serving out her eight-year sentence in Waseca, Minn. That’s not what she signed on for, so they grow apart.” Cooper recounts, “When we first meet John and Marianne, they are deeply in love and brimming with optimism. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s office, said Greig will have to appear in federal court in Boston for her arraignment on the new criminal contempt charge. They’ve just returned home, the city is beckoning, and the Bureau has high expectations for John to leave a real mark on Boston, which he does…just not in the way they had hoped.” Joel Edgerton comments, “I think Marianne is the heart of the movie in that she’s a reflection of how wayward John is going.

Bulger was a fixture on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list with a $2 million reward for his capture when he and Greig were arrested in June 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., living in a rent-controlled apartment two blocks from the beach. A group of 150 veterans became the first all-female group to be celebrated with an Honor Flight, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. sponsored by a nonprofit of the same name. From prison, Whitey has claimed that Catherine was the love of his life, but he had barely arrived at the Tucson lockup before he was making goo-goo eyes at the local BOP skirts. The government has pledged to split the $822,000 from the apartment and any other assets it seizes from Bulger among the relatives of his alleged victims. In letters written from jail after his capture, Bulger complained bitterly about Greig’s sentence and said the government should have given her a medal because she had done what no law enforcement agency could do: keep him crime-free for more than 16 years.

At Whitey’s sentencing, Greig’s late husband’s nephew Sean McGonagle, Paulie’s son, delivered a victim-impact statement about the murder of his father, who Whitey buried on Tenean Beach.

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