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The U.S. Attorney in overall charge of the Aaron Swartz case is defending her office's actions in a typically slippery way. She'd have been better off staying silent, because she only amplifies her bad faith and a fundamental flaw in our system of justice.
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When we bring a set of constitutional amendments, not unlike the Bill of Rights, to be passed in coming years, included should be a prohibition on plea bargains.
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On the first page of the docket, Ortiz lists Aaron as:

    Aaron Swartz
    TERMINATED: 01/14/2013

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Terminated with extreme prejudice.

The prosecution was apparently in the business of annihilation. Swartz faced spiritual annihilation and financial annihilation, with no viable means of escape. To my mind, our justice system is out of control. The prosecution took leave of their senses. Unfortunately, this kind of tragedy is all too commonplace, and most of the time goes unreported.

The suicide of Aaron Swartz in the face of the appalling over-reach of unchecked discretionary prosecutorial power highlights a much larger problem that pervades our legal system.

The entire US legal system (including criminal, civil, and family court divisions) is routinely used in an outrageously abusive manner.

Those who are traumatized, stigmatized, or victimized by such shenanigans within the legal system may suffer what has come to be called Legal Abuse Syndrome.
 
"I know that there is little I can say to abate the anger felt by those who believe that this office's prosecution of Mr. Swartz was unwarranted and somehow led to the tragic result of him taking his own life."  --U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz

If the prosecutor is able to recognize the scale of the anger and outrage directed at her office, then surely she must appreciate that the human emotion of anger arises from deep feelings of injustice. What more compelling evidence is there that the outrageous conduct of her office was patently unjust in the most fundamental meaning of the concept of justice?
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