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Holder defends Swartz prosecution

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder defended the prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz during a Senate hearing Wednesday, calling Boston-based US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s handling of the case against Swartz “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.”

Holder contended during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that those who have denounced the prosecution focus too much on the charges levied against Swartz while overlooking his offered plea deals. The activist had been charged with 13 counts of felony hacking and faced a maximum of 35 years in prison along with a $1 million fine.

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