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The Aaron Swartz Case
Posted By Gerard Magliocca On January 28, 2013 @ 1:18 pm In Criminal Law | 7 Comments
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.
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