The tragic case mimics the pandemonium in the Garden of Eden when Adam and his plus one sought knowledge.
In this case it is an ambitious DA and not God who passed judgment.
One fear that this column harbors is that actions generated will lead to someone’s death. Even worse, prompt someone to commit suicide.
The fight for life is so strange, random and ethereal. Many prisoners on death row struggle to last as long as they can in their solitary and small cells.
While other folks, seemingly who have it all, cannot continue.
At some point Aaron Swartz, either burdened by illness or fear, made the decision to commit suicide. Recent events indicate that certain justice officials were going to allow the incident to pass without a fine or jail time. His symbolic act of releasing documents from a school archive. MIT didn't even seem to care.
He is, sorry was, wedded to a belief bigger than his own life, about access to information on the Internet. It is an important cause.
Carmen Ortiz, a federal prosecutor, decided to carry on, continue and make an example of the young man. The important activist who spoke for an ocean of people.
Carmen, Carmen. There wasn’t any financial fraud that needed to be exposed and punished? Really? Nothing?
This column does not believe that Ortiz can be held responsible legally and maybe even morally for Swartz’s death. Of course lady, good luck ordering from Amazon and Netflix is clearly off the table for you.
But what was in her heart? Did she really believe that he did something wrong when no one else, including MIT agreed with that assessment.
Or did she try to wreck legal revenge on this man for her ambition or professional advancement?
What was in her heart?