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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:15 PM

11. TECHDIRT: Senator John Cornyn Asks Eric Holder To Explain DOJ Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz

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Senator John Cornyn Asks Eric Holder To Explain DOJ Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz
by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 3:24pm

LETTER AT LINK


While we've seen some politicians in Congress speak out about the prosecution against Aaron Swartz, for the most part, it had been the "usual crew" of folks who had formed the core of the anti-SOPA alliance -- Reps. Lofgren, Issa and Polis. That's great, but it also made it unfortunately easy for some to dismiss their complaints. However, it appears that this may be getting bigger. Senator John Cornyn has jumped in and sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an explanation of the prosecution against Aaron Swartz. He specifically asks a number of interesting questions:

First, on what basis did the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts conclude that her office’s conduct was “appropriate?” Did that office, or any office within the Department, conduct a review? If so, please identify that review and supply its contents.

Second, was the prosecution of Mr. Swartz in any way retaliation for his exercise of his rights as a citizen under the Freedom of Information Act? If so, I recommend that you refer the matter immediately to the Inspector General.

Third, what role, if any, did the Department’s prior investigations of Mr. Swartz play in the decision of with which crimes to charge him? Please explain the basis for your answer.

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