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visitr on a small planet
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08:38 PM on 01/15/2013
an exemplary article. a bully is a bully, whether it is a person or a gov't. this gov ern ment is the very definition of hypocrisy.
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mlaiuppa
Pres. Sarcasm Society. Like we need your approval.
10:27 PM on 01/15/2013
I wouldn't say it's the entire government.

I would say that a person abused her authority for personal gain.

Ortiz wants to be a governor. I'll bet she thought a big, fat conviction of Aaron Swartz would look great on a resume.

Sign the petition at Whitehouse.gov to request she be fired. There is one for Steve Heymann too.

Here is the one for Scott Garland.

http://wh.gov/EZKR

They were the prosecutors working under Ortiz directly on the Aaron Swartz case. In other words, they are the bully's henchmen.
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malcolmoz
08:47 AM on 01/16/2013
The government has a theme, and employs minions to do their work.
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J David Auner
The 3rd Amendment Rules - timeless.
09:36 AM on 01/16/2013
Senators from Mass. should remove Ortiz now, for cause, in Swartz' death. If there is a connection between the prosecutorial over reach and some corporations, the new US atty should investigate.
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intotheabyss
Imperialism is a form of insanity.
07:55 PM on 01/15/2013
The only way to get justice for Aaron is to not let this story be forgotten. The media will attempt to make it go away since they do the bidding of the power brokers. We need to hound the Administration and Congress to address this issue. Do not be silenced. Be as much of a pain in the butt as you can. I will!
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J David Auner
The 3rd Amendment Rules - timeless.
09:38 AM on 01/16/2013
The mainstream media has been almost silent on Swartz - to them nothing happened. Go back and watch Kim's fashions on the 3 letter outlets of modern thought.
happysunshine82
Intelligence beams.
07:54 PM on 01/15/2013
It isn't bullying when the letter of the law is being followed. The ONLY thing anyone has issue with in this case is the "potential" sentence he "might" have received - he hadn't even gone to trial! No one's chiming in to say he was a completely innocent man, just that he wouldn't have deserved 35 years - and no one was saying that he would have received max sentence!

You may as well say that Bernie Madoff was bullied with what amounted to a life sentence. After all, the people gave him their money, right?

This article just accentuates the way this has been blown entirely out of proportion. The man had been suffering from mental illness. He chose to take his own life. He was not bullied into doing so.
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dennidus1680
09:05 PM on 01/15/2013
I disagree. And I wonder what your attitude would be if the same happened to you for downloading something that was "free" to download. And the law in this case is a stupid law allowing way too much latitude to the prosecution. Kind of like racketeering law and conspiracy. Can't win with current law so we create a catch all law that give us a turkey shoot.
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Trollbaby
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12:08 AM on 01/16/2013
If one of us broke into MIT's campus and installed a computer to download massive amounts of something then you might have a point.
happysunshine82
Intelligence beams.
01:44 AM on 01/16/2013
"Same happened to you...." "Can't win" That's complete malarkey.  He wasn't convicted!  He was only expected to show up and defend his case!  He took his own life before he did so - that's NOT the prosecution's issue. Once again - it isn't bullying to file a lawsuit.  Presuming that you can't win, taking your life before you give yourself a chance to defend your case - that's another symptom of untreated mental illness. And what's worse - it does NOTHING to stop the next tech so-called "hero" from experiencing a lawsuit.  He would have been a REAL hero if he had faced the trial and worked to prove why he didn't need the max sentence applied.
09:09 PM on 01/15/2013
Happysunshine, you do realize that he had a legal right to these files and that the only victim of this crime refused to take part in his prosecution or to press charges right? You really want to equate that with Bernie? Aaron was being terrorized by a prosecutor doing the bidding of corporations that didn't like Aaron. His eye was on a big public case and future potential campaign donations. In this case the prosecutor's behavior is closer to Bernies not the accused.
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Trollbaby
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12:11 AM on 01/16/2013
He didn't have a legal right to trespass at MIT or install a computer on their network. If he had a legal right to access this info he should have found a legal way to download it.
happysunshine82
Intelligence beams.
01:39 AM on 01/16/2013
His guilt or innocence here isn't the point! I take no stance on it - the point is that he didn't even allow himself to defend his own case.  We don't have a system where you're automatically convicted just because the prosecutor says so! I'm equating the ARTICLE AUTHOR'S exagerration of prosecution amounting to bullying with Bernie Madoff - NOT what this tech guy did or didn't do. Please - think a minute before you reply.  You've veered off onto a tangent that wasn't presented.