After criticism, White House petition to remove Swartz prosecutor hits 25,000 signatures

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Following Aaron Swartz’s suicide last weekend, a petition calling for the removal of his former prosecutor, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, has hit the 25,000 signatures needed to draw a response from the White House.

Ortiz, who had previously been named the Globe’s Bostonian of the Year for her pursuit of corruption and white-collar crime, is now under fire, with Globe columnist Kevin Cullen writing that her prosecution “failed miserably’’ when judged on proportionality and humanity.

As of this writing, the petition had 29,713 signatures.

Ortiz’s office has declined to discuss the case with the Globe.


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