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AG Eric Holder defends Swartz case as ‘good use of prosecutorial discretion’

Sen. John Cornyn and AG Eric Holder on the Swartz prosecution:

“Does it strike you as odd,” Cornyn asked, “that the government would indict someone for crimes that would carry penalties of up to 35 years in prison and million dollar fines and then offer him a three or four month prison sentence?”

“I think that’s a good use of prosecutorial discretion to look at the conduct, regardless of what the statutory maximums were, and to fashion a sentence that was consistent with what the nature of the conduct was,” Holder responded. “I think what those prosecutors did was consistent with that conduct.”

It’s how government bullies, simply stated.

Via Ars Technica.

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