A postscript to this discussion:
The arrogant government prosecutors who, in effect, murdered Aaron, as well as the irresponsible academics who shrugged their shoulders in indifference and the various media outlets that gleefully reported on his arrest, should think carefully about the lack of proportion in our criminal justice system, and the devastating impact it can have on the lives of talented people.
Authorities in New York have undertaken a similarly disproportionate assault on Internet freedom involving an academic issue, arresting and prosecuting a blogger who sent out “Gmail confessions” in which a well-known New York University department chairman appeared to be foolishly accusing himself of plagiarism. Again, there appears to be nothing but silence from the relevant communities. For further information on the case, see: