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  •  This diary is wrong "to pathologize this story." (9+ / 0-)

    Aaron Swartz's former lawyer and friend Lawrence Lessig asks us not to pathologize this story.

    Here is where we need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior. From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way. The “property” Aaron had “stolen,” we were told, was worth “millions of dollars” — with the hint, and then the suggestion, that his aim must have been to profit from his crime. But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar. It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:44:58 PM PST

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