Husband of MA AUSA Criticizes Swartz Family Obit on Twitter
A petition to the White House to remove Mass. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for her office's handling of the Aaron Swartz case has gathered 37,000 signatures. 25,000 signatures are necessary for a response from the White House.
Ortiz' husband, Tom Dolan, took to Twitter and criticized the Swartz family for its obituary, claiming it left out the 6 month offer to Aaron. Then Dolan deleted his Twitter account. But you can see it here. [More...]
Eric Holder foe and Fast and Furious attacker, Republican Darryl Issa, has demanded an investigation into the case.
Issa said the Swartz case was important to reevaluate. “We certainly do want to second-guess their other misconduct, not just Fast and Furious.”
Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, criticized the prosecution today.
“The charges were ridiculous and trumped-up,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) told The Hill. “It's absurd that he was made a scapegoat. I would hope that this doesn't happen to anyone else.”
Polis called Swartz — a co-creator of Reddit who was accused of stealing articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a "martyr" for why Congress should limit the discretion of prosecutors.
Polis urged AG Holder to set new guidelines.
Polis said he is willing to consider changes to the law, and urged Attorney General Eric Holder to set guidelines curtailing the ability of prosecutors to seek overly harsh punishments. “Prosecutors shouldn't have the kind of discretion to seek absurd penalties for minor crimes,” Polis said.
As I opined at length yesterday, there should be an independent investigation. I don't think it should be led by a partisan foe of the Holder Justice Department like Darryl Issa. That's just the flip side of having Ortiz' office investigate itself. It should be a neutral, independent and non-politically partisan investigation.
Also read: Glenn Greenwald's call for accountability.
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