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  •  Here's her problem (24+ / 0-)

    that plea bargain of 6 mo was contingent on Aaron pleading guilty to a felony. Which is totally uncalled for, given his actions.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:20:24 AM PST

    •  It may have been uncalled for ... (1+ / 0-)
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      but if he had pled guilty (or gone to trial) and served his jail time, Aaron would have been a hero among the free information community, and I suspect he would have had no problem getting a job.

      I have a cousin who served over a year for a crime he didn't commit and now has a felony on his record. He lost his original job, but found another one and is quite happy and doing well now. This was a completely unnecessary suicide, and I think Ortiz only a small part of the blame.

      •  I agree with "I don't get it" (0+ / 0-)

        Aaron's death is obviously tragic.  By all accounts, he was a nice, smart kid.  And there's lots of blame to go around for what happened, including for the prosecutor, Aaron's own attorney, MIT, and Aaron himself.

        But some of the comments here are extreme.  He knew that he was breaking the law.  I'm all for civil disobedience in the name of a just cause, but if you're going to break the law to make a point, you have to be willing to accept some potential consequences.  And he wasn't.

        While the charges were harsh, the prosecutor offered him a plea bargain of six months in minimum security prison.  I certainly wouldn't want to do it, but it was something he could have gotten through.  He should have taken the offer.  He'd spend a few months in a hard place, and have a felony conviction on his record, but he'd be alive.

      •  what? (4+ / 0-)

        You're behind....dude was already a hero while he was alive.

        He was pretty well known before the JSTOR thing happened, let alone his death.

        Views Differ On Shape Of Planet

        by nota bene on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:45:03 PM PST

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    •  My understanding (7+ / 0-)

      is that it was contingent on him pleading guilty to all 13 felonies.   He was told that a deal that did not include prison time was not being considered and that if he took it to trial and pled not guilty they would suggest at least 7 years to the judge.  

      Aaron's lawyer, I hope, will issue a very big statement calling out Ortiz's dishonesty in this statement.  I think the only reason she made this statement was to get that 6 month figure out into the news since this story is fully into the major media and people are saying what the holy F when they see the 35-50 year sentencing that came along with their trumped up charges.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:30:58 PM PST

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      •  I read that as well. (2+ / 0-)
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        "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

        by hester on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:45:20 PM PST

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      •  This is what Ortiz said in her 2011 statement: (7+ / 0-)
        Stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars. It is equally harmful to the victim whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away.
        Odd how she didn't give a flying fuck about Aaron's motive or the fact that he didn't act for "personal financial gain" until she was in danger of being splattered by her own mud.

        We're fortunate that this sort of out-of-control Federal prosecution will soon be a thing of the past, now that the Dems control the Justice Department.

        Oh wait

        When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

        by PhilJD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 03:21:25 PM PST

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