THERE ARE no perfect crimes, and there is no perfect justice. Catherine Greig, James “Whitey’’ Bulger’s girlfriend, will plead guilty on Wednesday to charges related to her assistance in hiding him over the last 16 years. Though the families of Bulger’s alleged victims are rightfully upset at the prospect that Greig may receive a relatively light sentence for her collusion with a man accused of causing them so much pain, it may be that the best way to build a strong case against Bulger is to give Greig a little slack.
Greig may yet testify against Bulger, steer prosecutors to evidence related to his Boston crime spree, or simply remain silent. If she cooperates with prosecutors, however, a judge would consider giving her a reduced sentence. Indeed, in a meeting on Monday with relatives of Bulger’s alleged victims, representatives of the US attorney’s office seemed to be preparing them for the possibility that Greig would be released after only a few years behind bars.