BOSTON – United States Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, who prosecuted the high-profile cases of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) and Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, is stepping down.
Ortiz, her resigned as the top federal prosecutor last week and spoke with the Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch Tuesday to confirm her departure.
She will officially leave office Jan. 13, a week before the Republican Donald Trump is sworn in as president. She was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Ortiz won convictions against Tsarnaev, who is appealing his death sentence in the Marathon bombing case, and Bulger, who is life in prison.
She was the first woman and the first Hispanic name to the attorney of the V. S. in Massachusetts.