Prosecutors need a better system of checks and balances on their “discretion.”
Swartz committed suicide after allegedly facing 50+ years in prison for releasing millions of pay-walled academic articles. During a congressional Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Holder claimed that the media overhyped the assumption of an overzealous prosecutor, saying that a plea deal of a few months in prison was offered and rejected by Swartz.
His statement below, in response to the questioning of Senator John Cornyn:
“Let me first say that Mr. Swartz’s death was a tragedy. My sympathy goes out to his family and to his friends — those who were close to him. It’s a terrible loss. He’s obviously a very bright young man and had I think a good future in front of him. As I talked to people who’ve looked into this matter, these news…
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