Kevin Cullen writes about my former client David LaMacchia

The tragic suicide of computer genius Aaron Swartz earlier this month has sparked widespread criticism of the Justice Department and of how prosecutors Carmen Ortiz and Steve Heymann mishandled Swartz’s case. I wrote my own piece for last week’s Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about how Swartz was hardly the first victim of this system run amok. In his column for Tuesday’s Boston Globe, columnist Kevin Cullen writes about the similar case of David LaMacchia. I represented LaMacchia when he was a student at MIT nineteen years ago and found himself in trouble with the DOJ after using the MIT system to copy software and post it to a virtual bulletin board for others to freely access. Unbelievably, LaMacchia was actually pursued by the same career prosecutor who eventually went after Swartz.

Cullen’s haunting piece begs to be read and shared. You can find it on the Boston Globe's website.
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The Swartz suicide and the sick culture of the DOJ

In the aftermath of the unfathomably sad suicide of Aaron Swartz, I was asked to do an op-ed for the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. I was given leave to be frank, and so I was frank. The piece after the jump...

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