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The Trial of Aaron Swartz 2020

                You Decide 

 

Aaron Swartz:  26 year old male, fragile, nerdy and sensitive who is committed to “social justice and improving our democracy. He was arrested and indicted for violating the CFAA.  

 

Taren Stinebrickner-kauffman AS’s girl friend: A young socially active and loving woman she is supportive and encouraging.

 

Aaron Swartz’s father: A middle class academic, computer programmer, who is a consultant at MIT. Provides guidance for AS and examines SH during the trial.

 

Stephen Heyman: The assistant Federal attorney head of the cybercrime unit in the US attorney’s office in Mass. Has a reputation of a tough prosecutor. He was in charge of the Swartz prosecution. 

 

Stephen Heyman’s wife: Dedicated wife and mother supportive of her husband and a good listener for his action.

 

Stephen Heyman’s father: An elderly gentleman, attorney who was a former federal attorney, focused on individual rights and government surveillance. He examines AS during the trial.

 

Judge Nathanial Gorton: An elderly gentleman who is the judge presiding over the Trial. He is outspoken about prosecutorial over reach and other aspects of the legal system.

 

The audience as jury: The entire audience is sworn in as jurors for the trial.