Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Aloke Chakravarty, of the U.S. Attorneys’ Office Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit, will prosecuted the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been charged by the U.S. Justice Department with killing people with a weapon of mass destruction, and faces life in prison or the death penalty. Chakravarty will be joined in the prosecution by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb.
The 19-year-old Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are allegedly responsible for a killing and violence spree, that began with the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and ended with several wild shootouts with authorities throughout April 19, and resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the capture of a seriously injured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the death of four people and injury to hundreds of others.
This is not Chakravarty’s first high-profile terrorism case. He prosecuted Tarek Mehanna, the Sudbury, Mass., man who was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to support Al Qaeda and sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Emory Law School, Chakravarty has 15 years of prosecution experience. He has served as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, in the Criminal Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, for the U.S. Department of Justice, and for the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
He has also served in Washington, D.C., as Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as Attorney-Advisor at the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.
Although he currently focuses on cases involving national security and human rights, he has prosecuted and otherwise investigated matters across the criminal spectrum, including juvenile justice, violent crime, drug and gun offenses, white collar crime, public corruption, and organized crime.
He has also participated in preventative, diversionary and rehabilitative efforts and regularly leads outreach activities in the district. He has received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Access to Justice Award and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
INDIA New England published a profile on Chakravarty in November 2008. Click here to read the in-depth story.