New Product: Prosecutorial Discretion in Charging and Plea Bargaining: The Aaron Swartz Case (B)
The B case, now available, is an epilogue to Part A, the main discussion stimulus. Part A asks participants to consider the prosecutorial decisions and ethics of Aaron Swartzâ€™s case. Swartz was a 24-year-old Internet prodigy, charged with computer fraud for downloading much of the JSTOR online journal database while on the campus of MIT. The prosecution offered multiple plea bargains, but Swartz refused to plead guilty to any felony counts. Two years went by, with pre-trial negotiations escalating and then reaching a stalemate. Just before Swartzâ€™s trial was slated to begin, Swartz committed suicide.
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