Re: Time to get real..Yes, why don't we..
We I guess if you're going to see no fault in the governments actions than you probably have the strings they attached firmly wedge up your...
First you need to understand that JSTOR database was free accessible to him. In fact, had actually downloaded each individual file, himself, he would have been in complete legal rights. He use a program to do it. His big heat was abusing the MIT network to download the stuff.
Second, I think you don't understand the wiretap portion of this. In any general definition of the term wire tapping, Aaron was file transferring, not snooping wires. Certainly from MIT's perspective it was a serious breach of security, but the prosecution of such actions don;t have much merit.
Third, JSOR originally brought charges, but then drop them. Not completely related to the case, but at the same time JSTOR was planning on making much the material public anyways.
At best, his crime should be trespassing, however do to an over-zealous DA, and broad Computer Crime Act, they abused their Judaical integrity and in the eye of the public they should burn.
I guess if you want to believe the DA's actually consider cases than by all mean live that dream, but aggressive prosecution is alive an well especially if they think it will advance their career.