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    And if the crime that Mr. Swartz did warranted a 35 year sentence, then I would say that it was just.  However, 35 years for what he did is using the law as a tool of intimidation, not as a tool for justice.  Using something for intimidation is not prosecuting a crime, it is acting like a bully.

    However, the problem here is not just prosecutor overreach.  The problem is also that the laws that cover cybercrime are less like the sword and more like a blunt instrument because lawmakers do not always understand how computers and the people who use them work.

    Did the AUSA conduct themselves like a bully?  Looks that way, but their job is not to interpret the law, their job is to prosecute.  So if it's not the lawyer but the law, then the law needs to be clarified.

    "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." -- Frank Zappa

    by SaintDharma32 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:53:13 PM PST

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