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  •  Aaron Swartz, more proof he was railroaded (10+ / 0-)

    The Swartz suicide and the sick culture of the Justice Dept.

    Lawyers familiar with the case have told me that it was anticipated that the state charge would be continued without a finding, with Swartz duly admonished and then returned to civil society to continue his pioneering electronic work in a less legally questionable manner. Tragedy intervened when Ortiz’s office took over the case to send “a message.”
    But with the DOJ unable to differentiate real criminals from overzealous bright kids, we are incarcerating, if not killing, our national future. The bar should be in the forefront of warning Congress, the news media and the public that the DOJ and the federal courts, in Boston and elsewhere, are out of control.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:43:38 AM PST

    •  I'm not sure I agree with this part (8+ / 0-)
      But with the DOJ unable to differentiate real criminals from overzealous bright kids, we are incarcerating, if not killing, our national future.
      I'm more in the camp that thinks he was targeted from higher up the food chain because of his activism and even perhaps because they wanted to turn him into an informer, state's witness.  emptywheel has explored this possibility a bit.  With the Secret Service so intimately involved, I don't think it was a just matter of overzealous prosecution or an inability to understand who is a criminal and who is not. After all, JSTOR opposed the prosecution and I'm sure they told Ortiz and Heymann that this was not something that should made into a big federal case.  I'm sure they explained some of the technicalities of the matter.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:13:39 AM PST

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      •  its difficult (7+ / 0-)

        to discuss on some levels without venturing into speculation (and bordering on CT!) but I trust emptywheel to dig it up and find it if its there, which I will speculate it is.  ;-)

        Some things are crystal clear though to anyone who takes the time to read and view vid's and discover the actual facts.

        I dont know why I continue to be so - is it naive? - but Im continuously gobsmacked to see so many apologists in comment threads here on the great orange. I understand some being under-informed or mis-informed but the deliberate dispersal of pure garbage is pretty revolting.

      •  Yes, why was the Secret Service involved at all? (4+ / 0-)

        the article I referred to was about the Boston AG's office

        the ill-considered prosecution leading to the suicide of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz is the most recent in a long line of abusive prosecutions coming out of the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, representing a disastrous culture shift. It sadly reflects what’s happened to the federal criminal courts, not only in Massachusetts but across the country.
        but now that you mention the Secret Service, the Feds it's bringing to mind the federal involvement during the Bush admin. Wasn't there pressure from the Bush administration on AG's throughout the country to pursue "voter fraud?" and weren't the Democrats outraged over that.

        ❧To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:53:46 AM PST

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