Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 20:25 UTC
In the News "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech. Swartz was 26." Swartz was one of three co-creators of Reddit, worked on the RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, and so many other things. Swartz faced decades in prison for downloading a collection of JSTOR scientific articles. JSTOR dropped charges, but the US government pursued the case anyway, demanding fifty years in jail. Lawrence Lessig, one of his close friends: "Aaron had literally done nothing in his life 'to make money'. He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don't get both, you don't deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you." Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We've just lost one of the good guys.
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Plea Bargain?
by PLan on Sat 12th Jan 2013 21:37 UTC
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I'm not a US citizen so may be mistaken...

Isn't the fact that 90% of criminal cases are decided by plea bargaining in the US a sign that prosecutors have too much power? Throw the kitchen sink at the defendant, scare them witless and therefore avoid a trial?

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RE: Plea Bargain?
by tidux on Sat 12th Jan 2013 22:03 in reply to "Plea Bargain?"
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US Citizen here. It's bullshit. The worst part is that with the absurd power employers have over employees, if you take time off of work to deal with your case, you probably lose your job, so that's even more pressure to settle.

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