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February 4, 2013

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If you have a Hall of Shame, add to the list the name of Carmen Ortiz, the US Attorney for the State of Massachusetts. It was she who pushed for substantial jail time for the Internet Activist Aaron Swartz after local prosecutors had decided on probation. It was the prospect of as much as 35 years in prison that likely caused Swartz to commit suicide.

Carmen Ortiz, who had her sights set on Governor, was also slapped down hard by a Judge hearing her case against a Tewksbury, Massachusetts motel she has been hectoring for years, accusing the motel of aiding and abetting the sale of drugs in a run-down neighborhood. The owners said they had taken all of the recommended measures by the local police, and had cooperated with the police in every instance.

The motel owners contended that the prosecution was attempting to seize a million dollar property…

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