A new White House petition has been launched to remove the US Attorney whose bullying tactics are believed to have contributed to the death of Aaron Swartz. The petition has already crossed the 25,000 threshold.
The petition states:
We Petition the Obama Administration To:
Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but the who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a ruinous trial, life in prison and the ignominy and shame of being a convicted felon; for an alleged crime that the supposed victims did not wish to prosecute.
A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path.
As a US Attorney Ortiz may be removed by President Obama at any time.