Remove The Hounder Of Aaron Swartz

Jan 14 2013 @ 4:03pm

If you are furious at the Justice Department's hounding of a brilliant young activist, and don't know quite what to do, how about signing the petition to remove the prosecutor. Money quote:

A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path.

Fight back here against a DOJ run amok. Update from a reader:

Be careful about this. I'm a (state) prosecutor, and it's perilous business to say who's responsible for the management of any one case.

In some, it may well be that the lead prosecutor (here, US Attorney Ortiz) directed assistants to treat Swartz as they did. Certainly she bears ultimate responsibility for her office's actions. But you can't be sure that an overzealous deputy, or even line assistant isn't the one to blame. All you can say for sure is the office messed up, and it would be disappointing to react against the wrong individual. 

Similarly, for a view at the various incentives and strings pulling at any one US Attorney, and a lesson on how easy it is to misassign "blame," consider the (true) case of "Fast & Furious," per Forbes.