US Attorney’s Office accused of deliberately withholding evidence in Aaron Swartz trial


Aaron Swartz’s former lawyer in the JSTOR case, Elliot Peters, is accusing federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann of professional misconduct, alleging that he deliberately withheld an e-mail that would have helped suppress illegally-acquired evidence. In a complaint filed January 28th and published by The Huffington Post, Peters accuses the Assistant US Attorney of violating his duty of candor to the court, as well as using an “extreme” plea offer to “coerce” a deal, and requests a formal investigation by the Department of Justice into the matter.

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