- Judge Loretta PreskaChief U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
Sentence Jeremy Hammond to Time Served
I have not seen my twin brother Jeremy since March 2012. In the time he has been jailed in another city, denied bail, held in solitary confinement, denied the right to see his family and friends and most recently, not even been allowed to phone us. Why? He pleaded guilty to leaking information from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, which revealed that Stratfor had been spying on activists and human rights defenders and selling that information to governments and corporations.
My brother is looking at spending a decade in prison for this leak, which the government is treating as a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same law used to prosecute Aaron Swartz. My brother is a dedicated activist and gifted computer programmer. He has a heart of gold. He has never walked past a person suffering without reaching to help them. He is 28-years-old and has a lot of living to do and many brilliant contributions to make. He is my best friend. And I want him back.
Jeremy did nothing for personal gain and everything in hopes of making the world a better place.
Jeremy is facing a maximum sentence of ten years, but the minimum is zero. He has been in jail since March 2012 awaiting trial and now sentencing. It's time for him to come home.
Can you join me in saying that Jeremy has spent enough time in prison and ask Judge Loretta Preska to give him a sentence of time served?
- Chief U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
Judge Loretta Preska
I care deeply about the case of Jeremy Hammond, the young activist who is being sentenced in your court for a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Please consider granting him a sentence of time served.
Jeremy has been incarcerated since March 2012, held in solitary confinement, and at times has not had the ability to communicate with his family. Outside of the opportunity you granted him to visit with his family in your courtroom, he has not been able to see his brother and his mother. The journey has been difficult for him and his family.
I ask you for leniency in this case. Please use your discretion when sentencing Jeremy and consider granting him a sentence of time served.
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