Carmen Ortiz defends her office's prosecution of Aaron Swartz

The U.S. Attorney said the prosecution recognized that there was no evidence against Swartz to warrant severe punishment

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

A petition launched Saturday on the White House's website asks for the removal of Ortiz from office for overreach in the case. "A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path," it said. The petition had garnered 39,709 signatures late Wednesday.

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