They asked prosecutors to drop charges. "MIT, to its great shame, was not as clear."
Prosecutors took full advantage. They got the excuse they wanted to target Aaron. They wrongfully criminalized him.
"From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way."
It suggested he downloaded academic and scholarly articles for profit.
"But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar. It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed."
"Aaron had literally done nothing in his life 'to make money.' " Whatever he earned wasn't by intent.
"(W)e live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis, (notorious despots, and other scoundrels) regularly dine at the White House."- Advertisement -
"(W)hy (was) Aaron labeled a 'felon?' " Prosecutors bled him dry. "(W)e need to get beyond the 'I'm right so I'm right to nuke you' ethics that dominates our time."
"That begins with one word: shame. One word, and endless tears."