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

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

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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Whitey Bulger Prosecutor Named ‘Bostonian of the Year’

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney who made headlines as the lead prosecutor in  the case of the infamous crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig, has been named “Bostonian of the Year,” by the Boston Globe Magazine, the publication announced in a press release on Friday.

The Globe, which will feature a profile of Ortiz in a special Sunday edition of the paper, called the Attorney “the fighter” due to her “long history prosecuting political corruption cases,” according to the release, beginning with an internship in 1980 with the US Department of Justice’s public integrity unit, where she worked alongside Eric Holder.

“We are excited to honor a woman who has faced, and cleared, many hurdles – she is Boston’s first female and first Hispanic US attorney – as Bostonian of the Year,” Susanne Althoff, editor of The Boston Globe Magazine, said. “Ms. Ortiz’ successful prosecutions of corruption cases have had an indelible impact on the Massachusetts political landscape.”

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Boston U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz Quickly Becomes High Profile

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe

BOSTON — She is the United States attorney who barked back at former city councilor Chuck Turner, and it was her administration that convicted former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, once one of the most powerful political figures in Massachusetts.

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz took office only 18 months ago and already she has amassed a list of successes, highlighted by the new flier in her office listing notorious fugitive James “Whitey’’ Bulger as captured.

Her next goal, she says with a smirk: to crack the mysterious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.

“I’m still holding out hope on that one,’’ said Ortiz, tapping the wooden coffee table in her ninth-floor office in the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, overlooking Boston Harbor.

“Knock on wood,’’ she added. “I always knock on wood.’’

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Big-Time Boston Lawyer Robert A. George Charged With Money Laundering

Atty. Robert A. George (right)/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

A high-profile Boston attorney who has represented mobsters and some big name clients was charged Wednesday with money laundering that included taking payments from an undercover DEA agent posing as a drug dealer from the Dominican Republic.

Authorities charged that attorney Robert A. George, 56, of Westwood, Mass., helped conceal $225,000 in drug proceeds over a period of time.

According to a government  affidavit, a cooperating witness told George and a co-conspirator that he had large amounts of cash from drug trafficking.

Authorities alleged that  on two separate occasions, George’s co-conspirator took the cash from the government informant in exchange for a check made payable to a fictitious undercover company.  George’s co-conspirator then charged the government informant a substantial fee.

On another occasion, George allegedly took $25,000 in cash from an undercover DEA agent posing as a drug dealer client. George then made two separate deposits of that money, in amounts under $10,000 in order to avoid a reporting requirement, authorities said.

“Defense counsel play a critical role in the criminal justice system, protecting important constitutional rights upon which we all depend,” Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a statement. “But when an attorney assists in the criminal concealment and laundering of drug money — as is alleged in this case — it impedes the administration of justice and is an affront to all ethical and law abiding members of the bar.”

” If convicted, Mr. George is no better than those who distribute illegal drugs,” Special Agent in Charge of the  Boston DEA, Steven Derr added.

White Man Sentenced to 9 Years For Burning Down African-American Church: Was Angry About Obama Being Elected

Haskell was upset about Obama's election

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

A white man was sentenced today to nine years in prison for burning down a predominately African-American church in Springfield, Mass., the day after Barack Obama won the presidential election.

Benjamin Haskell, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor in Springfield for the 2008 burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ. The predominately African-American church was under construction and 75 percent complete when it was torched, the Justice Department said.

In addition to the prison term, Haskell must pay a $7,500 fine and $1.7 million in restitution, including $123,570.25 to the Macedonia Church.

“The burning of the Macedonia Church because of racial hatred and intolerance was a vicious attack on one of our most cherished freedoms — to worship in the religion of our choice safely and without fear of discrimination,” Carmen Ortiz, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said in a statement.

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Boston Fed Judge Criticizes Prosecutors for Charging Homeland Official

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Boston federal judge on Friday sharply criticized the U.S. Attorney’s office for bringing charges against a Homeland Security official, saying prosecutors overreached and crushed her for what he saw as a minor offense, the Boston Globe reported.

U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock postponed sentencing while he considers a defense motion to vacate the verdict of Lorraine Henderson, Boston’s port director for Customs and Border Protection, the Globe reported. She was convicted in March of deliberately encouraging her Brazilian housekeeper to remain in the U.S. illegally, the Globe reported.

The judge said said Henderson, who is on suspension, was the first person he is aware of who has been charged with a felony for this type of violation, the Globe reported. He thought the charge was excessive.

“This is a cleaning lady,” he said in court, according to the Globe. “There must be some sense of proportion.”

The judge also noted that he was troubled that Henderson was arrested and kept in a holding cell for several hours instead of being ordered to make a court appearance.

Boston’s U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz was in the courtroom for the part of the hearing, the Globe reported, but she declined comment.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Swears in Mass. First Woman and Hispanic U.S. Attorney

Carmen Ortiz

Carmen Ortiz

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black Attorney General, on Monday swore in Carmen Milagros Ortiz as Massachusetts’ first woman and Hispanic U.S. Attorney.

The two first met 30 years ago when Holder was a young lawyer in the Justice Department and Ortiz was a law student serving an internship in his unit, the Boston Globe reported.

“Have we come a long way, huh?” Ortiz said to Holder, drawing a hearty applause from the packed courtroom, the Globe reported.

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Full Senate Confirms 3 More U.S. Attorneys

Edward Tarver/campaign photo

Edward Tarver/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The way-too slow process of confirming newly minted U.S. Attorneys around the country continued on Thursday.

The full Senate confirmed Carmen M. Ortiz for U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts, Ed Tarver for the Southern District in Georgia and Benjamin Wagner for the eastern District of California, the news website Main Justice reported.

To date, 23 U.S. Attorneys have been confirmed, according to Main Justice. There are 93 U.S. Attorney jobs in the nation.

The administration could stand to step up the process a little.

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