Below is an interview with US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who was awarded the title “Bostonian of the Year” by the Boston Globe. Exactly 2 years after she was sworn in, we ask you to listen to this interview in which the US Attorney is unable to even eloquently defend her office’s prosecution of Tarek Mehanna. It seems as though the US Attorney’s Office (USAO) has spent a great deal of time on its public relations campaign over the past 2 years, with Carmen Ortiz as its face. Please listen to the piece and feel free to comment and share your thoughts here on our blog, as well as on the wbur article and the Boston Globe article. As is shown by the first caller to the show, it seems as though this ridiculous attempt at getting some positive attention for the USAO may just backfire.
If you know Boston then you know something about the name Ortiz. We’re not talking about Red Sox slugger Big Papi though. We’re talking about the chief federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts: U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Ortiz is Boston’s first female and first Hispanic U.S. attorney.
Ortiz was in the news a lot during 2011. She lead the government’s successful corruption case against former House Speaker Sal DiMasi, she won a controversial terrorism conviction against Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury, and she is preparing to prosecute James “Whitey” Bulger.
For that, and for her up-by-her-boot-straps story, the Boston Globe Magazine named her Bostonian of the Year.
- Susanne Althoff, editor of the Boston Globe Magazine
- Carmen Ortiz, U.S. attorney