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Posted 4 years ago in Crime Government Internet Law by Josh Crank  
U.S. Attorney Under Fire for Swartz Suicide

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz faces a formal congressional investigation and calls for her resignation over the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, an Internet pioneer and activist who committed suicide earlier this month. Ortiz’s critics accuse her of prosecutorial overreach for heaping multiple felony charges on Swartz, who was accused of downloading millions of academic articles with the intent to distribute them online at no cost. The charges against Swartz carried a maximum sentence of more than 50 years in prison and …

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Posted 4 years ago in Crime Internet Law by Aaron Kase  
Feds Hound Internet Pioneer to Suicide for File Downloads

Facing relentless prosecutors who pressed 13 charges carrying up to 35 years in prison and millions in fines, Internet trailblazer Aaron Swartz committed suicide this weekend. “He was killed by the government,” his father said to mourners at his son’s funeral in suburban Chicago. “Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed …

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