Attorney General Justified Death of Aaron SwartzAdded: Sunday, March 24th, 2013
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Attorney general Eric Holder ruled the hounding of Internet protesters to death a good use of the justice system. He claimed that the suicide of online activist Aaron Swartz was a “tragedy” but still “a good use of prosecutorial discretion”.
Eric Holder is the US top prosecutor who has been wheeled in to defend the indictment and prosecution of the former director of Demand Progress. Aaron Swartz took his own life after American prosecutors threatened to lock him up for sixty years for downloading some files although he should have only downloaded one. Swartz had done this as a protest calling for university files on JSTOR to be made public, which have since been made public anyway.
According to Massachusetts US attorney Carmen Ortiz, who was prosecuting Aaron, the authorities’ actions were “appropriate in handling this case”. Apparently, Carmen Ortiz has her political career to care about, she had hoped for a high profile hacker scalp to show the electorate. As a result, Ortiz had been tipped to be a good candidate for governor or senator.
Eric Holder was facing terse questioning from Senator John Cornyn, who said that the prosecution wasn’t about crime but “misconduct”. In response, Holder admitted that Swartz's death was a tragedy, as he was obviously a genius and had a good future. However, he wouldn’t have that future in case the prosecution had locked him up for several decades, though Attorney General claimed the prosecution had made a plea offer and Aaron would have had to be jailed for only 5 months.
However, the problem wasn’t the prosecutor’s actions, but rather the fact that Aaron Swartz said he didn’t want to go jail at all. In the meanwhile, Cornyn pointed out that it seemed a little weird that the authorities would indict someone for crimes which would result in penalties of up to dozens of years in jail plus million dollar fines and instead offer a few month prison sentence.
According to Eric Holder, that was a good use of prosecutorial discretion to look at the conduct, despite of the statutory maximums and to fashion a sentence which was consistent with the nature of the conduct. In the meantime, he didn’t that fashioning a sentence would depend on the political ambitions the prosecutor had and the goals in question had to be factored into the negotiation process. However, some innocent people may fail to understand that and kill themselves instead of ruining their lives with a prison sentence.
March 24th,2013Posted by:
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
|This Death can not..... nor should be 'Justified'|
|Well said Pollyvinyl. Hounding someone to death, can NEVER be justified.|
R.I.P. Aaron Swartz
|posted by (2013-03-25 14:51:17)|
|Aaron Swartz killed himself,not the Government,happy torrenting|
|posted by (2013-03-25 17:26:12)|
|Noone needs a Government that drives harmless people over the edge just to sell some strong impression of enforced laws.|
|posted by (2013-03-26 01:34:42)|
|Absolutely no difference between the criminal clowns of this administration and those from the Bush regime.|
The government will stop at nothing to defend the current, bankrupt system and expand itself at the expense of everyone else. Until it's all gone.
|When children/teens bully a classmate until he/she kills themselves it is a national tragedy. Then how is it that when those with authority do it it is simply considered collateral damage. When the death of innocents is an acceptable price of justice it is clearly time to re-evaluate your concepts of justice.|
|posted by (2013-03-26 08:46:52)|
|Brought to you by the land of the free lol...just how free are you guys? It doesnt sound very attractive to live there as it seems your government of phucking you up the @ss in the name of freedom...doesnt sound very free to me|
|of course they justify his death, they can justify anyones death... they are the government.||
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