Catherine Greig appealing 8-year prison sentence

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June 13, 2012, 12:36 pm

UPDATE: A notice filed in federal court Wednesday indicated that the 61-year-old Greig is claiming her right to appeal the conviction. But her lawyer Kevin Reddington is clarifying that it involves her sentence.
He says the notice can be withdrawn if she decides not to appeal her sentence.

(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Boston) – Whitey Bulger's longtime girlfriend is appealing her eight-year prison sentence for helping Bulger stay on the run for 16 years.

Catherine Greig’s lawyer Kevin Reddington filed the appeal Wednesday. It was a brief legal document, only one paragraph long, stating they would like to overturn the conviction. That would also mean they’d like to rethink Greig’s guilty plea.

This comes just one day after Catherine Greig was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $150,000.

Usually, it’s not surprising for lawyers to file appeals after a sentencing. But, in this case, given, what Kevin Reddington said after the sentencing Tuesday, it is surprising. Take a listen to this.

“We certainly feel that we had our day in court before the judge. Catherine is in good spirits,” said Reddington. “We’re happy this case has come to a conclusion.”

Reddington also said Tuesday that the judge was “thoughtful” and “tried to be as fair and objective as he could be.” But, Wednesday, Reddington is appealing the conviction and sentence, which means this case is far away from having a neat conclusion.

Tags: appeal, Whitey Bulger, Catherine Greig, Jackie Bruno, Kevin Reddington, overturn conviction
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