Carmen Milagros Ortiz (born January 5, 1956) is the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
In 2009, she was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama. Ortiz is both the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. She succeeded Michael Sullivan in that position, with Michael J. Loucks serving as the interim U.S. Attorney between Sullivan's resignation and Ortiz's confirmation. Noteworthy prosecutions by her office include those of Whitey Bulger, Tarek Mehanna, and Aaron Swartz.
Prosecution of Aaron Swartz[edit source | editbeta]
Main article: United States v. Aaron Swartz
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly published an op-ed piece by Massachusetts criminal defense attorney Harvey Silverglate about the case. He said attorneys familiar with the case had told him the Middlesex County District Attorney's office had planned for Swartz's case to be "continued without a finding, with Swartz duly admonished and then returned to civil society to continue his pioneering electronic work in a less legally questionable manner." "Under such a disposition," Silverglate later told CNET's Declan McCullagh, "the charge is held in abeyance ("continued") without any verdict ("without a finding"). The defendant is on probation for a period of a few months up to maybe a couple of years at the most; if the defendant does not get into further legal trouble, the charge is dismissed, and the defendant has no criminal record. This is what the lawyers expected to happen when Swartz was arrested. But then the feds took over...." "Tragedy intervened," Silverglate wrote, "when Ortiz's office took over the case to send 'a message.'"
Boston's WBUR has reported that Ortiz is expected to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's upcoming probe into the handling of the Aaron Swartz case.
Boston Marathon bombings[edit source | editbeta]
Ortiz's office is leading the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. On June 27, 2013, Ortiz unveiled a grand jury's 30-count indictment against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On July 10, 2013, Tsarnaev plead not guilty to all charges.
On August 8, 2013, two of Tsarnaev's friends were indicted on federal obstruction of justice charges