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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blast from the Past--prosecutorial misconduct in the Aaron Swartz case

Blast from the Past--prosecutorial misconduct in the Aaron Swartz case--story from September 18, 2012:

US Government Ups Felony Count In JSTOR/Aaron Swartz Case From Four To Thirteen | Techdirt: "Not much has been said about the Aaron Swartz case over the past year as the wheels of "justice" slowly grind their way to an eventual court date. Swartz, the executive director of Demand Progress, was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a catch-all designation for "computer activity the US government doesn't like." Swartz had accessed MIT's computer network to download a large number of files from JSTOR, a non-profit that hosts academic journal articles. US prosecutors claimed he "stole" several thousand files, but considering MIT offered this access for free on campus (and the files being digital), it's pretty tough to square his massive downloading with any idea of "theft.". . . "

The prosecutors were squeezing Aaron hard--so hard that he committed suicide.  Isn't that a Department of Justice YOU are proud of! Read the full article here if you want a clue as to the misconduct of the US prosecution.  But Anonymous says they don't forget, and they don't forgive. So I expect the final chapters have yet to be written.

The Aaron Swartz case is just one of many disasters of the US Department of Justice under Eric Holder and Barack Obama--Fast and Furious, DEA murder and obstruction of justice, Kim Dotcom case . . . .

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