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Boston Bombing U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Known As Aggressive Prosecutor

BOSTON - JANUARY 17: US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and members of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies including Boston Poli
BOSTON - JANUARY 17: US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and members of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies including Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, left, and DA Dan Conley, announced the arrest of thirty Boston gang members charged with drug and firearms offenses. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Carmen Milagros Ortiz’s parents never got to finish high school, but they stressed education while raising their daughter in the Spanish Harlem section of Manhattan.

Ortiz did not disappoint, graduating from Adelphi University and getting her law degree at Washington University, before achieving a career milestone – in 2009 she became the first female and Hispanic United States Attorney in Massachusetts history.

She is known to be a tough prosecutor, a quality that many have lauded, but others have criticized. Her office was the top-ranked nationally in the collection of civil and criminal fines in 2012, getting $8.8 million, or more than 65 percent of the total collection by all 94 U.S. Attorneys.

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