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Submission + - New details emerge on judge from Swartz case ( 1

Danngggg writes: We all know about former U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz , as well as her former assistant Steve Heymann, and about what they did to Aaron Swartz. Though fewer would probably recognize the name of Federal Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, who presided over the Swartz case. However, now having drawn Judge Gorton himself, alleged Boston-area hacktivist Martin "MartyG" Gottesfeld, whose story has been covered by Slashdot before (see here, here, or here )as well as by Rolling Stone, has published a blistering new exposé on those most involved in pushing Aaron to suicide, including the alleged role played by Judge Gorton. A few tidbits include that Judge Gorton was a member of the controversial FISA court from 2001 to 2008, that he was apparently appointed to the bench after his brother leveraged their families status as heirs to the Gorton's seafood fortune for a position in the U.S. Senate, that he is seen as a rubber stamp for prosecutors, and that according to Gottesfeld, "more than one seasoned criminal defense attorney said that they believe that Judge Gorton makes racially-motivated sentencing decisions against minorities." It also turns out that Judge Gorton was the one Boston U.S. District Court judge who ruled to uphold one of President Trump's travel bans. Read more below or at RedState:

Federal Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, of the old money Gorton’s Seafood fortune, has never apologized for his role in driving visionary technologist, pioneering innovator, and civic champion Aaron Swartz to suicide.

Aaron was a prodigious self-made computer programmer whose civic projects and commitment to justice established him as a hero to millions, including to me. Unfortunately though, his story is commonly both misrepresented and misunderstood as the salient facts too often fall by the wayside in today’s deadline-driven, “less is more,” overly-politicized media landscape.

But, especially looking across the chasm which seems to divide the left from the right in America nowadays, the distinctly non-partisan nature of Aaron’s goals and accomplishments command both a profound respect and a simply devastating sadness.

Suffice to say that anyone who cares about the metaphorical little guy and who fights for him over the government bureaucracy will eventually be confronted by those in power and Aaron was no different in that regard. His first known close encounter of the federal kind came as a result of his publishing public U.S. federal court records for free.

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New details emerge on judge from Swartz case

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