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Lessig Blog: "Prosecutor as Bully"


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Here is where we need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior. From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way. The “property” Aaron had “stolen,” we were told, was worth “millions of dollars” — with the hint, and then the suggestion, that his aim must have been to profit from his crime. But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar. It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed.

Lessig is right. The prosecutor was a bully whose actions do not make America better.

More: http://pandawhale.com/post/14059/all-30-of-the-articles-on-the-hacker-news-front-page-are-about-aaronsw

I agree with anon: the benefit was zero and the cost was immeasurable.

That's what makes the whole situation tragic.

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