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Milton police intercept cake protest at the home of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  March 11, 2013 04:12 PM

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Milton police on Saturday interrupted a mini demonstration over the Aaron Swartz case in front of the home of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

The protesters who identified with the Occupy movement placed “Wanted” posters bearing Ortiz's name near her home and left a cake on the property with the words “Justice for Aaron” written in frosting, according to Milton Deputy Police Chief Charles Paris. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ortiz's office prosecuted Aaron Swartz for alleged wire and computer fraud and downloading millions of subscription-based academic documents from an archive system on an MIT network. Swartz committed suicide in January.

Police sent the cake to the FBI, according to Paris.

Ortiz released the following statement on Monday evening.

“While I respect the rights of individuals to express their views, when they came into my neighborhood wearing masks, my neighbors and young children were frightened. Some of those neighbors called the local police, who responded and handled the situation. I think it would have been more appropriate for them to have expressed their views, which relate to my role as United States Attorney, at the courthouse where the U.S. Attorney’s Office is located.”

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