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Fed Judge Freeze’s Assets of Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are apparently worried about the assets of James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend vanishing. They want to make sure she has the money to pay for any fines at sentencing.

So they’ve frozen her assets, the Boston Herald reports.

The Boston Herald reports that girlfriend Catherine Greig, who is behind bars, had $134,545 in her bank account in December, six months after Greig was captured.

Greig’s 60-year-old twin Margaret McCusker used her power of attorney in December and transferred the money to another account, the paper reported. Prosecutors say that $115,500 is still available in the new account.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ordered those funds frozen in a ruling that also prevents McCusker from selling her sister’s South Boston home.

Greig recently pleaded guilty to charges relating to harboring a fugitive. Bulger, a Boston mobster and FBI informant, is accused of killing 19 people. He was on the run for 16 years before he was captured last summer in California.

 

 

Nominee for Phoenix U.S. Atty. Was Critical of Sheriff Joe

Judge Leonardo/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Pima Superior Court judge who once had some pointed words about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a court ruling, has been nominated by President Obama to take over the U.S. Attorney post in Phoenix, the Phoenix New Times reports.

Judge John Leonardo once wrote in a ruling that the controversial sheriff “misused the power of his office.”

Interestingly, if confirmed, Leonardo could deal with Sheriff Joe as an ally in the fight against crime.

Leonardo would replace Dennis Burke, who resigned in August as a result of the ongoing controversy over ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious.

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Boston US Atty. Carmen Ortiz’s Name Pops Up for Governor Spot

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz for Massachusetts governor in 2014?

That seems to be the rumor circulating in Democratic circles, according to the Boston Herald.

“That’s a rumor out there,” acknowledged former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Phil Johnston, according to the Boston Herald “She’s had a high profile as a U.S. attorney, particularly in her efforts to combat corruption in state government. That would certainly be a positive.”

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