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Keep in mind that the US court system is not funded through filing fees. Courts generally have struggled with funding. Minimum mandatory penalties and the drug wars caused Miami to end up with four downtown federal courthouses and a (relatively) new federal prison. These facilities were not inexpensive. To get back to the principal issue, the Government gets free access to PACER (and even free photocopies at the courthouse) whereas a private defendant, like Swartz, has to pay for these out of his own pocket. The government gets a case agent, the defendant gets none. The defendant may get a public defender, but only after he has exhausted his funds--and this happens.



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