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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz served as the keynote speaker at a civil rights conference in Lenox Tuesday night.

Meningitis Victims Hope For Mass. Criminal Charges

Nov 25, 2013

Victims of last year's fungal meningitis outbreak don't hold out much hope that they will receive compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by tainted steroids traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

But some hope they will find justice if criminal charges are brought against the company's executives.

A federal grand jury in Boston has been investigating the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center for more than a year.

Whitey Bulger Gets Life For Racketeering, Killings

Nov 15, 2013
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An attorney for Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger says he plans to appeal his client's conviction.

Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for 11 killings and a string of other charges including extortion and money laundering.

His attorney Hank Brennan promised an appeal of the conviction, though he didn't say on what grounds. He railed about the plea deals given to Bulger's associates who testified against him.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says prosecutors had to make difficult decisions to get Bulger, who they believe was the kingpin of the organization.

'Whitey' Bulger's Defense Lawyer Pledges Appeal

Aug 13, 2013

A defense attorney says former Boston, Massachusetts crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger will appeal his conviction in a string of 11 killings and other underworld crimes.

The 83-year-old Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted Monday of committing or playing a role in the killings during the 1970s and '80s.

Bulger has claimed that a now-dead federal prosecutor gave him immunity. Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. says Bulger intends to appeal, because the judge didn't let him present an immunity defense.

Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombing Indicted

Jun 28, 2013

Authorities say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a 15-count state indictment related to the death of a police officer and a police shootout.

That's in addition to a 30-count federal indictment returned by a federal grand jury Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and state officials said at a news conference that they're thinking of the three people killed and 260 people injured when two bombs exploded April 15 near the finish line.

The top federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts highlighted efforts to enforce civil rights laws during a speech in Springfield on Friday. The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, was the keynote speaker at a conference marking the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act.