The Boiling Point of Aaron Swartz’s Suicide

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Two problems: Explosion of the regulatory state. That is, you can commit three felonies a day breaking laws and regs you never knew existed. You are protected by the prosecutors’ workloads. But if they have a reason to get you, they will find something. At three a day, a couple of years’ worth of felonious behavior will give them something. Or a relative.
    Absolute prosecutorial discretion–see David Gregory–in favor of the wealthy and connected.
    You’d think, this being MA and all, that corrupt pols would be keeping the prosecutors busy enough. But see prosecutorial discretion.
    Also the selling of presidential pardons. Marc Rich, ex.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Thoreau went willingly to jail. Saves on attorney fees.
    This guy was, as he said, going to hack all the unpublic info he could find, and wasn’t going to stop.
    The law says don’t do that. Thing is, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, and since JSTOR gave the stuff away for free not long after, they can’t show they lost a lot of money. But if it’s your intellectual property and you do lose on being hacked, then maybe you’ll want a prosecution.
    That said, federal prosecutors rarely lose a case. I’d think they would lose more, just because. But maybe they have more leverage–your brother, you know, the gay one, could go to prison for….–than is socially useful.

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