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  •  Most likely, ... (0+ / 0-)

    he would have served only 4-6 months, if he had not rejected the plea bargain because he didn't want to have to serve a single day.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:27:23 PM PST

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    •  why should he have had to serve even one day? (5+ / 0-)

      JSTOR didn't think he should.

      Also (unless I'm mistaken), even if he'd taken the plea deal, he still would have had to pay a $1M fine.

      •  JSTOR's opinion is not a legal substitution for .. (0+ / 0-)

        "the people's", which is who the prosecutors represent; e.g., the case caption, I assume, was The People of the United States of America vs. Aaron Swartz, not JSTOR vs. Swartz.

        As to the fine, they're handed out regularly to asset-less felons.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:54:52 PM PST

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    •  So what would your response have been had (1+ / 0-)
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      he gone through with it and been sentenced to 40 years in prison?  Would you call that too much or would you just say "oh well, don't do the crime if you can't do the time"?

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

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:48:42 PM PST

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