I don't think the "We the People" petitions at Whitehouse.gov have an effect on what the Obama administration decides to do, but I signed this one anyway:
Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz
It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but the who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a ruinous trial, life in prison and the ignominy and shame of being a convicted felon; for an alleged crime that the supposed victims did not wish to prosecute.
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.
US court records are not copyrighted, but the US court system operates a paywall called “PACER” that is supposed to recoup the costs of serving text files on the internet; charging $0.10/page for access to the public domain, and illegally profiting to the tune of $80,000,000/year.
Timothy from Creative Commons writes, “A few weeks ago Diego Gómez, the former Colombian student who’s been prosecuted for sharing a research paper online, was acquitted of criminal charges.
Aaron Swartz once said, “It’s no longer OK not to understand how the Internet works.”
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