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  •  a million counts of any crime will get (1+ / 0-)
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    more time than any single crime.

    that doesn't tell us whether the sentence for a single count is fair.

    •  The problem isn't the sentence for a single count, (8+ / 0-)

      the issue is if the sentence for a single count times the number of counts is fair especially when it leads to insane results like a 300 year sentence for downloading 20 music CDs off of bittorrent.  If I was in his position I would have either ran (if I was still in my right mind) or tried to kill the prosecutor (if I totally snapped) as in neither case would I have had anything to lose.  After all what's the worst that could happen, a life sentence (which was going to happen anyway) or the death penalty (which would be an act of mercy)?

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 05:51:29 AM PST

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      •  This prosecution was intended to destroy Swartz (5+ / 0-)

        as an example to other would-be Internet activists. It's the same strategy as the brutal treatment of Manning and the hounding of Assange. They are trying to put fear into the hearts of anyone who dreams that the Internet could change the world for the better.

        Their message is: the Internet is there for the 1% to sell you stuff, and for the government to spy on you -- nothing else. It will be used only to expand the security state and the property rights of the 1%, not to increase your freedom -- nor even your knowledge, unless you belong to the wealthy elite who are permitted that knowledge.

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