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The practice of prosecuting individuals out of embarrassment, well in excess of any demonstrable harm. The practice is particularly ubiquitous in Western democracies where sedition is an unpopular prosecutorial tack in order to dispense retributive punitive enforcement in response to indefensible egg-on-the-face.
Two cases are particularly illustrative:

The US government's piling on of charges against Barrett Brown constitutes a very clear, inflamed case of butthurt-prosecution.

Barrett Brown

Although he pleaded guilty to offenses carrying ~20 years in prison, Bradley Manning must still stand trial for his life, as the DoD and DoS have a wicked bout of butthurt-prosecution.

Bradley Manning
by kenneth lipp May 18, 2013
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