I have to wonder sometimes who is running the show in the Boston’s US Attorney’s office. At times the the Globe disclosing one of its bête noires and the subsequent acts by the U. S. attorney’s office is so striking that all but the most naïve should be aware the newspaper controls Boston’s U.S. attorney. The Globe so much relies on the public gullibility that it has no qualms about being quite open with it. Carmen Ortiz, the present US. Attorney in Boston, was appointed to her office in late 2009. In late 2011 without a hint of embarrassment the Globe named her Bostonian of the Year. She swooned with delight..
That was the time when Ortiz was in the ascendancy. Many, including herself, thought she’d be running for higher office: Governor Ortiz, Senator Ortiz. The Globe in December 12, 2012 reported that Governor Patrick pushed her candidacy in a meeting with the Speaker and Senate president in Massachusetts.
Reality happened to catch up with her. The fallout from the suicide of Aaron Swartz in January 2013 because of her relentless pursuit of the young genius who balked at pleading guilty so she went back and indicted him for more offenses; the death of Delours Price two weeks later from a combination of drugs and alcohol due to Ortiz’s push to have Boston College release the Irish archives; and also in January the abusive attempt to steal the Caswell motel from its owner was put to a stop.
Ortiz had no problem trying to deprive a guy of his family business. Caswell finally prevailed against Ortiz overcoming her damnable attempt. Caswell sold his property which he literally worked at for 24/7 for thirty years for 2.1 million last fall. Ortiz wanted to take that from him.
Ortiz it turned out is a product of the system and the Globe is running it. A prime example of this is the investigation the Globe Spotlight Team did on a guy who owned a fleet of taxis in Boston. It spent nine months on it, even putting one of their reporters in as a cabbie in an undercover position, but could show no more than the owner was a mean bastard who was very demanding on his drivers and his dispatcher took tips to give drivers a better schedule. Those things, by the way, never have been a crimes.
As usual, after such a series, the Globe wants a prosecution. Kevin Cullen suggested: “a lot of what the Spotlight Team found smells of felony.” When Cullen asked Mayor Menino about the Spotlight Report (as you know everything done by the Globe is important) the mayor told him “it’s too long” which was the absolute truth. Stung, Cullen nastily wrote “that’s what some people say about his tenure at City Hall.”
There was no felony, as Cullen alleged, but what did that matter. Just like in the probation matter involving O’Brien there was no felony but that didn’t stop the U.S. Attorney from dreaming one up. So would the same happen with the taxi owner Edward J. Tutunjian?
Ortez’s office initially responded as demanded. Within two months in May 2013 agents from the IRS, Secret Service, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Boston Police and Cambridge Police executed warrants issued out of Ortiz’s office and denuded Tutunjian’s business of all its records. They swarmed into the taxi garage with guns drawn telling everyone there to put their hand up. The raid went under the radar even though it reeked of police abuse. What threat did any of those cops face from the hard-working cabbies that compelled them to enter a business with guns drawn?
An article in July 2014 noted: “Meanwhile, a raid at Tutunjian’s Boston Cab headquarters conducted by the Internal Revenue Service last year has not resulted in any charges. Neither the IRS nor the US district attorney’s office responded to requests for updates on the investigation.”
As of this writing there have been no charges despite Cullen telling us the matter “smells of a felony.” For me the matter always smelled but not of a felony but of the symbiotic relationship between the Globe and the U.S. Attorney’s office. Ortiz, ever willing to acquiesce to the Globe’s demands, conducted a raid on a business without any reason to believe a crime was committed.
Perhaps Ortiz may have had a future in politics but she blew it when she thought it was working hand-in-hand with the Globe. Hopefully she learned her lesson and will stop following its lead. The best thing she could do is give them back their Bostonian of the Year Award, fire a few prosecutors under her with close Globe connections, and make the Boston U.S. attorney’s office a place where justice can be found.