Re: US Gov on over drive
Yeah, except these kind of steps have happened all over the place. Prosecutors have done terrible things since time immemorial; you give several thousand guys across the country a whole lot of power and some of them are going to be assholes. It goes with the territory. But you do your best to make sure the system as a whole doesn't fall to the level of the worst people in it.
There's plenty of injustice in the US, and plenty more of it elsewhere. Schwarz' case is certainly bad, but it's not unprecedented and not the worst by a long shot. It's a particularly visible example of an eternal problem, and is only as discussed as it is because the people who are concerned about it happen to be relatively wealthy and knowledgeable. There have been situations where entire police departments 'raise money' by pulling over poor minorities who are carrying cash (often for car purchases or such, since they lack banking or credit), and confiscating the cash for being 'drug proceeds'. It's bullshit, of course, but they tend to do this to families who are away from home - they threaten to have the kids thrown in foster care unless the parents cop a plea. Of course, the 'evidence' isn't returned, and now the victims haven't got any money either.
It's basically highway robbery in an almost comically literal form. But you don't hear about it, because poor people don't have web sites devoted to poor-people-stuff like tech guys do tech-guy-stuff.
There's plenty of injustice in the world that eclipses the Schwarz case. And that injustice is neither something we should ignore *nor* a reason to declare the system a total loss and pretend that it's as bad as North Korea or Zimbabwe or Iran. Because it isn't.
Saying the problem is so much worse than it is doesn't make you a brave truth-teller or an anti-establishment rebel; it makes you a coward - because if all hope is lost, you no longer have to fight.