Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old computer prodigy and Internet activist, was facing decades in prison for violating federal hacking laws when he took his own life earlier this month. Many commentators, including Lawrence Lessig and Glenn Greenwald, have argued that prosecutorial zeal drove Swartz to hang himself. They're certainly right. Yet as Jerry Brito observes, prosecutorial discretion would not have mattered much if the possibility of such draconian punishment did not exist.
Let people join with the like-minded to reject officials and laws that don’t suit them and to construct systems that do.
Their letter to Congress warns about inevitable abuses against religious and racial minorities.
The president's final batch of clemency actions includes commutations for dozens of nonviolent drug offenders.
The mom got the kid back, but not the car.