The Aaron Swartz Case
posted by Gerard Magliocca
I don’t know anything about the suicide of Aaron Swartz except what I’ve read in the papers. I do, though, have a question for any prosecutors or former prosecutors that read this blog.
Suppose you knew that a criminal suspect or defendant was suicidal or in a fragile state of mind. To what extent, if at all, would that weigh in your charging decision or plea negotiations? I do not know whether the federal prosecutor in the Swartz had an inkling that he could kill himself, but I’m curious about how people handle that if they do think that’s a real concern.