MIT insisted on jail time for Swartz
Swartz and his lawyers were not looking for a free pass. They had offered to accept a deferred prosecution or probation, so that if Swartz pulled a stunt like that again, he would end up in prison.
Marty Weinberg, who took the case over from Good, said he nearly negotiated a plea bargain in which Swartz would not serve any time. He said JSTOR signed off on it, but MIT would not.
“There were subsets of the MIT community who were profoundly in support of Aaron,” Weinberg said. That support did not override institutional interests.
Elliot Peters, the San Francisco lawyer who took the case over from Weinberg last fall, could not persuade prosecutors to drop their demand that Swartz plead guilty to 13 felonies and spend six months in prison. Peters was preparing to go to trial and was confident of prevailing.
Ten to one, a thousand to one, it's the Deans and the administrators -- that is, the rent-sucking, back-scratching parasites who collect huge salaries while degrading both the research and the educational missions of the institutions they infest -- who wanted jail time for Swartz, and not the faculty. One fitting memorial to Swartz would be to fire a ton of 'em.
MIT is Elizabeth Warren's district. Can she schedule some hearings?