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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:39 PM

Justice drops charges against Swartz after activist kills himself

Source: The Hill

Justice drops charges against Swartz after activist kills himself
By Brendan Sasso - 01/14/13 11:52 AM ET

The Justice Department dropped its charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz on Monday, citing his death.

Swartz, who was facing computer hacking charges, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday. He was 26.

The filing is standard when the defendant in a case has died.

Federal prosecutors indicted Swartz in 2011, accusing him of breaking into a computer network at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and downloading 4.8 million documents from JSTOR, a subscription service of academic articles.




Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/276965-justice-department-drops-charges-against-internet-activist-swartz#ixzz2I0JAGq5u



“He didn’t go into detail on what they might be, but suffice it to say, there will be some considered that will not require Congressional action,” she added.


http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/14/obama-has-some-19-areas-to-use-executive-orders-for-gun-control/

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Reply Justice drops charges against Swartz after activist kills himself (Original post)
kpete Jan 2013 OP
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #1
blueclown Jan 2013 #2
99th_Monkey Jan 2013 #3
indepat Jan 2013 #4
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #15
coffeenap Jan 2013 #5
blaze Jan 2013 #6
ReRe Jan 2013 #11
Mojorabbit Jan 2013 #13
ReRe Jan 2013 #14
RILib Jan 2013 #7
PaulaFarrell Jan 2013 #8
reorg Jan 2013 #9
truebluegreen Jan 2013 #10
ReRe Jan 2013 #12
KamaAina Jan 2013 #16

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:42 PM

1. Isn't it a bit difficult to convict the dead.

I don't even want to get into the difficulty of defending a dead client either.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:42 PM

2. Carmen Ortiz should be arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:50 PM

3. Obama's DoJ was out for blood, and they got it, one way or another.

I still seriously doubt this was really a "suicide" honestly.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:01 PM

4. How apropos for Justice to drop charges against someone after he had killed himself

while facing those charges and especially so in the wake of not having filed charges against any of the banksters who perpetrated a massive fraud of such breadth, scope, and magnitude as to badly damage and almost wreck the financial system and economy. Kudos to Justice for a job well done and keeping all things in perspective.

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Response to indepat (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:10 PM

15. What you said is prefectly stated in this:

image which kpete posted in another thread:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022195402


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:03 PM

5. So sad... I am going to the funeral tomorrow

and will join Anonymous as they protest the Westboro Baptist Church asses.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:13 PM

6. Thom Hartmann

spoke highly of him on his show today.

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Response to blaze (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:04 AM

11. Amy Goodman....

....yesterday, 1-14-13, pretty much devoted her whole show to Aaron Swartz. Lawrence Lessig was on live and it was very difficult for him to speak. At least one third of the show was Aaron in his own words at an Illinois University a little over a year ago. It was a great show. If interested, watch at:

http://www.democracynow.org

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Response to ReRe (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:39 AM

13. So young and so talented. It is very sad. nt

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:03 AM

14. Amy had a little more on him this AM...

... He was a "beautiful mind", if there ever was one. What a handsome young man with so much going for him. Probably could have grown into a different version of Steve Jobs, if the bad side of our government had just given him a fucking chance. Well, this is a bad mark on someone in our Gov't, that's all I can say.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:18 PM

7. consequences

 

If you engage in civil disobedience by breaking the law (committing theft in this case), you take the consequences.

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Response to RILib (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:06 AM

8. So you think an appropriate consequence for 'theft' is death

or at least 35 years in prison. Interesting...

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Response to RILib (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:31 AM

9. no "theft" was committed

the charges were derived from the accusation that "terms of service" were allegedly violated.

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Response to RILib (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:34 AM

10. Thank you for your concern.

Enjoy your stay here.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:19 AM

12. K&R

Holy, Holy, Holy Moly....
That is an unfuckingbelieavable law.
Hound them until they commit suicide, and then clear the charges.
Kafkaesque? What is the word I'm looking for?
Orwellian?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:13 PM

16. How very magnanimous of them.



Anonymous has already expressed its displeasure with the situation by hacking Justice as well as MIT. 4chan might not be far behind.

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