Not-quite-matching her & her columns in the local papers on the topic of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and her (over?)zealous prosecution of Aaron Swartz.
Start with Margery Eagan’s column in the Boston Herald:
Statement too little, too late
Just days ago, speculation was rampant. Gov. Carmen Ortiz? U.S. Sen. Carmen Ortiz?
Well, that’s all over now.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is done. Finished. Forever linked to bringing the full and frightening weight of the federal government down upon a 26-year-old computer genius — and a suicide risk.
If that’s not tough enough for you, how about this, regarding the six month/guilty plea deal Swartz was offered :
“Oh, so you’re innocent. Do only six months in jail,” said a sarcastic Harvey Silverglate, Boston civil liberties attorney and author of “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.” He accused Ortiz’s office of being “drunk with power” and said up to now the media had “protected” Ortiz because “she’s a Hispanic woman.”
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, the view was quite different in Joan Vennochi’s op-ed piece.
Swartz case is sad, but not an overreach
WHEN IT comes to the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old computer prodigy who killed himself, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz has explaining to do.
But there are also questions for Swartz’s lawyer, Elliot Peters.
Why reject the government’s offer of a four-to-six month prison sentence? That’s much less than the 35 years and $1 million fine allowed under the federal law that Swartz was charged with violating.
Peters told the Globe that Swartz didn’t believe he was a felon; he was acting on the principle that information on the Internet should be free when he downloaded academic journals from an MIT computer system. But defending principle was not his lawyer’s job. It was to provide Swartz with the best legal advice, given the charges and the government’s refusal to back down.
Vennochi says “the widespread revulsion directed at the US attorney’s office is overreach by cyber-bullies.”
So take your pick – did Oriz bully Swartz or are Internet thugs bullying her?