"Obama hasn't even done anything about the laws we already have on the books, like the ones they got Swartz trapped in a corner with -- laws written so badly that anybody using a fricking handle on the net could be busted for wire fraud for 'giving a false identity.'
Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.
Can juries tame prosecutors gone wild?
By stacking charges as high as possible and wielding the threat of mandatory sentencing laws, the argument goes, prosecutors intimidate defendants and make it all but impossible to turn down their offers.
5 percent of cases brought by American prosecutors every year lead to an actual jury trial, while the rest play out in plea bargains
“What we really have is a plea bargain system with a thin froth of showy trials floating on top,” - Glenn Reynolds
It is once again---I mean once again---holy mother whore as Roper used to say, all about simplest basic legal theory, civil rights and the conjecture of democracy. We have had this fight so many times now.
There might have been a point sometime hence where we would have been thanking these young guys ---e.g. Bradley Manning, Snowden, and Swartz----for their diligence and in fact ultimate sacrifice, but there probably won't be. Imagine what they REALLY knew.... We will be so buried by then....and have finally lost whatever voice we ever had had. It is like being on Acid. Everything is twisting and changing as in a hall of mirror and terrible peril is at our doorstep. I know the political process is a meandering and uncouth beast and as it whacks the heads off some it suckles as well. Just insane, all the time.