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Article Asks: Has U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Overreached?19:01
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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz responds to questions during a news conference in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz responds to questions during a news conference in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)
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Here's the provocative headline from the Huffington Post yesterday, criticizing the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz: "This Federal Prosecutor Is Building A Career Indicting The Good Guys."

The article contends that Ortiz's latest case against two Boston City Hall employees for allegedly employing union strong-arm tactics is the latest in a long string of cases where she is "bringing the full force of the law down on semi-high-profile people for minor or legally ambiguous crimes."

It lays out a number of cases since 2009, when Ortiz took the helm for the District of Massachusetts, including the high-profile case against Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in 2013.

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