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Bulger victim wins lien freezing mobster's $800k

BOSTON - A lawyer for one of James "Whitey" Bulger's victims has won a lien on the $800,000 in cash authorities found in Bulger's Santa Monica, Calif., apartment when he was arrested last week after 16 years as a fugitive.

U.S. District Judge William Young issued an order Friday placing a lien on the money, which means the cash will be frozen for now. Prosecutor Brian Kelly suggested Bulger has additional hidden assets.

Boston attorney Anthony Cardinale, who represents Julie Dammers, said a judge will decide later whether Dammers or the government will get the $800,000.

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Dammers and her ex-husband Stephen Rakes, say they were forced at gunpoint to sell their liquor store to Bulger.

Cardinale argued that the money should be used to help pay off an unpaid civil judgment Rakes and her ex-husband received.

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek forfeiture of Bulger's assets.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, who will preside over Bulger's case, has ordered prosecutors and Bulger's temporary lawyer to try to agree on whether Bulger will get a court-appointed attorney to defend him against charges that he had a role in 19 murders.

Prosecutors have objected to Bulger receiving a taxpayer-funded attorney. Kelly suggested Bulger may be able to get financial help from his brother, former Massachusetts Senate president William Bulger.

Wolf, in an order filed Sunday, told prosecutors and Bulger's provisional attorney to confer to determine whether they can reach an agreement.

As for Bulger's girlfriend arrested with the mob boss, Catherine Greig is at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I.

The 60-year-old Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive.

The warden, Brian Murphy, had no further details on Greig's detention.

Greig has also retained a private attorney to represent her. Brockton attorney Kevin Reddington filed an appearance for Greig on Monday. He did not immediately return messages. During an initial court appearance on Friday, Greig requested court-appointed counsel.

Greig is due back in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday for a detention hearing.

Federal marshals in Boston did not immediately return messages.

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