Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:50 AM
Are_grits_groceries (13,883 posts)
Swartz didn't face prison until feds took over case, report says
State prosecutors who investigated the late Aaron Swartz had planned to let him off with a stern warning, but federal prosecutor Carmen Ortiz took over and chose to make an example of the Internet activist, according to a report in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Middlesex County's district attorney had planned no jail time, "with Swartz duly admonished and then returned to civil society to continue his pioneering electronic work in a less legally questionable manner," the report (alternate link) said. "Tragedy intervened when Ortiz's office took over the case to send 'a message.'"
The report is likely to fuel an online campaign against Ortiz, who has been criticized for threatening the 26-year-old with decades in prison for allegedly downloading a large quantity of academic papers. An online petition asking President Obama to remove from office Ortiz -- a politically ambitious prosecutor who was talked about as Massachusetts' next governor as recently as last month.
Ortiz, 57, also came under fire this week for her attempt to seize a family-owned motel in Tewksbury, Mass., for allegedly facilitating drug crimes, despite ample evidence that the owners worked closely with local police. In a stinging rebuke, U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Dein tossed out the case yesterday, siding with the motel owners -- represented by the public-interest law firm Institute for Justice -- and noting (PDF) that prosecutors had alleged a mere "15 specific drug-related incidents" over a 14-year period during which "the Motel Caswell rented out approximately 196,000 rooms."
Well, I hope Little Miss Ambitious is happy. Seems she was interested in adding wins to her record no matter what the cost.
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Swartz didn't face prison until feds took over case, report says (Original post)
Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)
Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:33 AM
napoleon_in_rags (3,989 posts)
1. This case requires careful examination.
Response to HiPointDem (Reply #3)
Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:53 PM
napoleon_in_rags (3,989 posts)
5. Definitely. The main thing that makes me speculate is the simple fact that Aaron did so little to...
...threaten. If you really look at his "crimes", not only were the punishments way overblown, but its hard to think of anyone, even some shadowy corporate power behind the scenes who would be threatened by them. The "orders of magnitude faster" high grade printing technology Bob Swartz was working on could threaten the entire manufacturing status quo.
Response to napoleon_in_rags (Reply #1)
Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:56 AM
uponit7771 (19,123 posts)
4. They're not going to be able to stop advanced in 3d pringing and metal printing...the
...collective community around it is huge but I've seen people do things that are more stupid
Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)
Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:07 PM
smirkymonkey (11,857 posts)
I will kick that to high heaven.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson