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Rationalist Society of Saint Louis Message Board › Aaron Swartz, who believed tax funded academic articles should be freely ava

Aaron Swartz, who believed tax funded academic articles should be freely available, hounded to suicide by US prosecutor

A former member
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Odd that the Guardian (UK) is the best paper in America.

Aaron faced 35-50 years in prison for downloading files that JSTOR declined to request prosecution for. The prosecutor had aspirations to be governor of Massachusetts. Notice that our "Justice" Department threatens draconian penalties to bankrupt defendants and to force their plea bargains, thus avoiding any evidence-based trials. Yes, we must avoid a trial at all costs (to you). How many innocent persons have caved in to this technique? Though he did download the files (MIT limited his free downloads on his personal account), he would have faced less time for rape!

This was a political vendetta that was also directed against a major organizer opposing the SOPA legislation.
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