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Petition to investigate possible abuse of power by US District Attorney Carmen Ortiz [was Re: Aaron is dead.]

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 02:42:37 -0500
To: SW-forum Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, TAG List <www-tag@w3.org>
Cc: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1358322157.31285.100146.camel@dbooth-laptop>
FYI, another petition:

Petition to: Investigate the possible abuse of power by US District
Attorney Carmen Ortiz and others in the Aaron Swartz case.

For downloading academic journal articles, Aaron Swartz faced criminal
charges that (if he won) at best would have cost him $1 million in legal
fees, and (if he lost) at worst could have cost him $4 million more in
fines and up to 50 years in prison[1]. Even if he were guilty -- and it
is not clear that he was[2] -- such absurdly harsh prosecution is not

A bully whose victim is driven to suicide is not solely responsible for
the victim's death, nor are prosecutors Ortiz and Heymann solely to
blame for Aaron's suicide. But they do bear responsibility for their own
prosecutorial abuse.

The public deserves an independent investigation into the prosecutorial
excesses that contributed to Aaron's death.

1. http://bit.ly/S26HPW 

2. http://bit.ly/13phsQa 

More: http://bit.ly/W6rlfj 

David Booth, Ph.D.

Loss of web prodigy Aaron Swartz: http://tinyurl.com/ahe2k8c

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