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Appeals Court Deals Rebuke To Controversial Prosecutor Who Targeted Aaron Swartz

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals panel on Monday overturned the 2014 convictions of three former Massachusetts probation officials accused of running a patronage-bas...

Hacker Activist Continues 18-Day Hunger Strike, Despite New Felony Charges

The Huffington Post | Emily Tate | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics

Martin Gottesfeld was rounding out the 16th day of his hunger strike in a Rhode Island prison Wednesday when he learned he had been indicted on three ...

Why This Activist Hacker Is Launching A Hunger Strike In Jail

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics

Martin Gottesfeld, an activist jailed on charges stemming from a politically motivated cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital, said he’ll begin...

The HuffPost Story That Bizarrely Rocked Boston

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Huffington Post raised the issue Wednesday of the Boston media’s failure to report on the questionable record of Carmen Ortiz, th...

This Federal Prosecutor Is Building A Career Indicting The Good Guys

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics

Last week, Carmen Ortiz, the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, announced a big indictment. At 6:30 in the morning, Tim Sullivan, an aide to Bos...

Ballot Selfies, Perverts and Censorship: Presenting the 2015 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

At the heart of the Muzzles is a simple but powerful idea: "Congress" -- and all levels of government, thanks to the 14th Amendment -- "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."

Ed Markey's Hate-Speech Bill Earns Him Top Spot in 2014 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

US Senator Ed Markey doesn't seem like your typical enemy of free speech. Progressive and amiable, the Massachusetts Democrat is known mainly for speaking up on behalf of liberal causes such as fighting climate change and preserving funding for public broadcasting.

Ryan J. Reilly

Stephen Heymann, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor, Compared Internet Activist To Rapist: MIT Report | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- The federal prosecutor who managed the Justice Department's case against the late Aaron Swartz compared the Internet pioneer to a rapist...

Boston Bombing Prosecutor Known For Aggressive Record

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

By Ross Kerber and Hilary Russ BOSTON/NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) - As the top federal law enforcer in Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney C...

Meet The Woman Prosecuting The Boston Bombings Case

Fox News Latino | Elizabeth Llorente | Posted 04.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Carmen Milagros Ortiz’s parents never got to finish high school, but they stressed education while raising their daughter in the Spanish Harlem sect...

Ryan Grim

Top Republican On Bombing: 'There's A Lot Of Questions I Have' | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Tuesday that he has "a lot of questions" about the way that the Department of Justice has allocated its s...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Vindictive Individuals' Threaten Aaron Swartz Prosecutors, U.S. Complains | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Two federal prosecutors involved in the case against the late Aaron Swartz have faced "harassing and, at times, threatening communicatio...

Zach Carter

Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Sanctioned For Aggressive Tactic | Zach Carter | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire over her office's aggressive prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, was admonished by a f...

Ryan Grim

Aaron Swartz Lawyers Accuse Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Of Misconduct | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding key evidence from the defense team of Aaron Swartz,...

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay wa...

WATCH: Does The FBI Have A Sexting Problem?

Posted 02.25.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

According to the Atlantic Wire, an internal FBI report obtained by CNN shows that the FBI had to fire "numerous employees for things like sexting, spy...

Ryan J. Reilly

Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Saw 'Guerilla' Manifesto As Proof Of Malicious Intent | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron ...

Sentences So Long They Scare Us to Death

Mary Price | Posted 04.03.2013 | Crime
Mary Price

The tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz has prompted long overdue reflection about the power of federal prosecutors.

US Attorney's Attempt to Seize Innocent Family's Motel Dismissed

Dan McDermott | Posted 03.31.2013 | Crime
Dan McDermott

Justice has prevailed over an outrageous example of prosecutorial overreach. In this case, the government argued that Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Massachusetts should be seized because there were 15 drug arrests over a 15-year period.

Ryan J. Reilly

Top Lawmakers Demand Aaron Swartz Answers From Attorney General | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican and top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee sent a joint letter late Monday to Attorney General Eric Holder pos...

In Remembering Aaron Swartz, Let's Not Forget Jamel Dossie

Ian Bassin | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

Often it takes a rare injustice perpetrated against a privileged young person for our society to recognize the common injustices we visit every day upon less-privileged minorities.

Are We a Nation of Sheep?

Steven Strauss | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Steven Strauss

It's time to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice (DoJ) and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz about the death of Aaron Swartz.

Zach Carter

Republican Senator Hits Holder Over Swartz's Death | Zach Carter | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a sharply worded letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday questioning the Department of Jus...

Gerry Smith

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead of Compassion' | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.18.2013 | Technology

Officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology declined to support a plea deal that could have allowed Aaron Swartz to avoid prison because th...

Zach Carter

Leading House Tech Expert Pushes For Legal Changes After Aaron Swartz's Suicide | Zach Carter | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the top tech experts in Congress, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), told HuffPost Thursday that the case against Aaron Swartz shows th...