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Article posted Jan 17 2013, 1:55 PM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: Techdirt Print

Rep. Issa Promises Investigation Into Aaron Swartz Case

by Mike Masnick

The backlash following Aaron Swartz's suicide has continued as Rep. Darrell Issa is now promising an investigation into the DOJ's handling of the case, according to statements he gave to the Huffington Post:
Praising Swartz’s work toward “open government and free access to the people,” Issa told HuffPost that the government's case against Swartz is problematic enough to warrant further investigation.

“I’m not condoning his hacking, but he’s certainly someone who worked very hard,” Issa said. “Had he been a journalist and taken that same material that he gained from MIT, he would have been praised for it. It would have been like the Pentagon Papers.”
Issa then specifically called out how prosecutors could go too far in pressuring innocent people to plead guilty:
“I’ll make a risky statement here: Overprosecution is a tool often used to get people to plead guilty rather than risk sentencing,” Issa said. “It is a tool of question. If someone is genuinely guilty of something and you bring them up on charges, that’s fine. But throw the book at them and find all kinds of charges and cobble them together so that they’ll plea to a 'lesser included' is a technique that I think can sometimes be inappropriately used.”
Issa, of course, has been a long time critic of the DOJ under President Obama, so it's likely that some will just brush this off as an opportunity to go on a partisan attack. However, it appears this attack may be growing bipartisan support. We've already mentioned Rep. Zoe Lofgren's plans to propose legislation to limit what the DOJ can do in these kinds of cases, and others on both sides of the aisle have started expressing concerns about prosecutorial overreach by Carmen Ortiz.





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rtm

Posted: Jan 17 2013, 9:28 PM

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675 Some government ass wacked this kid because the beauracratic bullies could not get this kid on any legal charges because he showed them their asses in full view and the pussies could not handle his attitude towards their ignorance as is always the case when state bullies get their asses handed to them in front of god and country.
Anonymous

Posted: Jan 18 2013, 3:40 AM

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7616 Issa should be investigating and charging Obama....ineligibility and treason beyond measure regarding so many instances. What is the hold-up.....is it Holder????? Obama should not be allowed to remain within the office of the Presidency.....all appointees should be removed....since Obama is not a legal president according to our Constitution, all laws signed by him are null and void.....no legality because both obama and our elected officials are not implementing legal law because Obama is not legal....they all are accomplices to his treasonous acts. "In God We Trust."
Anonymous

Posted: Jan 18 2013, 9:56 AM

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75201 Issa is a critic of the DOJ but that and a nickel gets you nothing. HE HAS DONE NOTHING. Fast and Furious, Benghazi and now Aaron. I say get rid of ISSA and put someone in that job with some balls. If there isn't anyone then get rid of them all and lets put some housewives in the Congress and Senate. You will see more balls than you ever imagined.
Anonymous

Posted: Jan 18 2013, 5:46 PM

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99147 "...Rep. Issa Promises Investigation..."

LOL...the foxes are going to investigate the killings in the henhouse. .....again.


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