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Week In Review: Chelsea Housing Scandal & Ortiz Scrutiny

Michael McLaughlin, the former director of the Chelsea, Mass. Housing Authority, center, walks with his lawyer Thomas Hoopes, left, as they leave U.S. District Court in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. McLaughlin pleaded guilty to four federal counts of falsely reporting his salary. He entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on May 14th. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Michael McLaughlin, the former director of the Chelsea, Mass. Housing Authority, center, walks with his lawyer Thomas Hoopes, left, as they leave U.S. District Court in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. McLaughlin pleaded guilty to four federal counts of falsely reporting his salary. He entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on May 14th. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

We discuss the week’s top stories, including the guilty plea of former housing director Michael McLaughlin of the Chelsea Housing Authority and WBUR senior reporter David Boeri’s critical analysis of Carmen Ortiz’s tenure as U.S. Attorney.

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Callum Borchers, business reporter for The Boston Globe

David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter

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WBUR “Maybe it’s a coincidental bubble of bad results, but this pattern of cases, I think, would raise a question in most anyone’s mind about whether it’s really time to do some inventorying of what the office is all about and about the quality of the product coming out of there.”

Radio Boston “Since Swartz’ suicide last month, Ortiz has come under the glare of national attention. According to her critics, there are other cases that display the same problems which publicly exploded in the Swartz case.”

WBUR “In response to questions from [Judge] Woodlock, [U.S. Attorney Theodore] Merritt said [Ex-Chelsea Housing Director Michael] McLaughlin’s motive appeared to be to conceal his high salary from state and federal regulators so they would not investigate and take steps to stop him from receiving that amount.”

Radio Boston “The [New York Times] company has been selling off its print assets in recent years as part of its expansion plans, and the Globe is its only remaining business outside the core New York Times media brand.”


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