>Similarly, since when was it MIT's job to judge which laws are 'poorly drafted and questionable'?
Hrm.. I think it's every persons responsibility to judge when laws are poorly drafted and questionable, and devote a proportionate amount of energy to fixing unjust ones. Not that I always meet that standard, but MIT does have that responsibility - at the very least, as one of the putatively injured parties, it could have filed an amicus brief or something (IANAL) if it judged the legal systems reaction to be too harsh...
I grew up in small town, and knew a couple kids who accidentally set their neighbors tree on fire. Given that they woke up the neighbors to let them know, called 911, and put the fire out with a garden hose before the fire department got there, and planted a new tree.. when the local court system wanted to charge them with "detonating a terrorist device" (this is well before 2001), the neighbors basically were like "WTF? No, they're kids", and the case did not go far.
I think we all have a responsibility to keep the justice system in check, particularly so when we are the injured party.