BOSTON — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments challenging the 8-year prison term given to the longtime girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger for helping him while he was a fugitive.

A lawyer for Catherine Greig argues that relatives of Bulger’s alleged victims should not have been allowed to address the court during Greig’s sentencing hearing because they were not direct victims of her crimes.

Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, fled Boston in 1994 and remained a fugitive for more than 16 years before he and Greig were captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

Bulger is set to go on trial in June, charged with participating in 19 murders.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments in Greig’s appeal Tuesday.

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