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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Federal Prosecutor Says Aaron Swartz Case Handled Well

Aaron Swartz is pictured at Boston Wiki Meetup in August 2009.  (ragesoss/Flickr)

Aaron Swartz is pictured at Boston Wiki Meetup in August 2009. (ragesoss/Flickr)

A federal prosecutor criticized over criminal charges against an Internet activist who killed himself in New York says her office’s handling of the case was “appropriate.”

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz on Wednesday extended her “heartfelt sympathy” to Swartz’s loved ones but continued to defend the charges against him and said her office had acted properly. She said she understood there was anger felt by people who believe her office’s prosecution of Swartz was unwarranted and was tied to his suicide.

“I must, however, make clear that this office’s conduct was appropriate in bringing and handling this case,” Ortiz said in an emailed statement. “The career prosecutors handling this matter took on the difficult task of enforcing a law they had taken an oath to uphold, and did so reasonably.”

Ortiz had said earlier that “stealing is stealing, whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars” and that the victim is harmed “whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away.” But she insisted her office never sought maximum penalties in Swartz’s case and never told his attorneys it intended to.

Swartz was charged with 13 felonies in 2011 after he was accused of using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computer network to illegally download nearly 5 million academic articles.

Friends say he was a shy young man who felt government and big business had hijacked the Web.

Swartz’s death has touched off a backlash against prosecutors. He has been eulogized as a martyred hero since his suicide last week.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

    “Federal Prosecutor Says Aaron Swartz Case Handled Well”

    Well, guess that settles it, doesn’t it? 

    Aaron Swartz obviously angered the wrong people.  U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is just another tool used by the powerful to subjugate the masses, whether she realizes it or not.

    Maybe by “handled well” she means now they won’t need to go to trial…

  • Vance

    If the Feds say it was handled well, then we are suppose to believe them.
    What bull?
    This guy was “suicided”. He was a threat to the Obama Regime.
    And once agan Here and Now and the rest of the mainstream media falls for this crap.
    Shame on you Robin and your crew.
    But I understand that you have to “play the game” or you are out of a job if not more. 

  • ILLBERG2001

    MAYBE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE ILLEGAL THINGS AND THE LAW WOULD HAVE LEFT HIM ALONE.  BOTTOM LINE HE JUST COULDN’T HACK IT………

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