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The case of computer whiz Aaron Swartz -- who committed suicide after federal prosecutors charged him with 13 felony fraud counts -- has become, for some, emblematic of how overzealous prosecutors are going too far in pursuit of a win.
Swartz could have been punished with up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines -- a greater penalty than some murderers face. And it was all for downloading millions of academic documents that were available at the M.I.T. Library for a small fee.
In fact, in 2010, the last year for which the data is available, only slightly more than 3 percent of criminal cases in U.S. District Courts went to trial -- a precipitous drop from earlier years which appears to back up Reynolds' concerns.
Originally posted by MidnightSunshine
reply to post by Helious
Four flags, four stars, and no comments. I hate to see that, so I will comment.
Yea, I don't see how it's highly speculative... Just another way of looking at things.
I never did understand that...how you can get numerous charges like that. I thought they usually ran the sentences concurrently though?
Did you know you can get 2 DUI's at one time?