The Evils Of Plea Bargaining, CtdPosted: January 26, 2014
It has been a little more than a year since 26-year-old computer programmer wiz Aaron Swartz committed suicide after a federal prosecutor charged him (many say overcharged him) with 13 felonies for hacking into an M.I.T. computer system and downloading old academic journals. Swartz’s suicide renewed a long-running argument about the evils of plea bargaining.
A new documentary about the much-too-short life of Swartz, “The Internet’s Own Boy,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week. Check out the following teaser for the documentary, and click here for a review of the film in the New Yorker.