Charges Against Aaron Swartz Dropped

Prosecution cites Swartz’s suicide as the reason for the dismissal.

The Associated Press reports that Federal prosecutors in Boston have dismissed the charges brought against information activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who helped create RSS in his early teens, was being charged on 13 counts of wire fraud and computer fraud for downloading huge amounts of data from the academic database JSTOR, which he felt should be made available to the general public.

Swartz, who ended his own life in his New York apartment last week, was set to go on trial in April. The three-line notice of dismissal was filed in court Monday morning by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, citing the death of the defendant as the reason for the dismissal. These types of filings are routine when a defendant dies before the beginning of a trial.

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  1. all though routine for the tragic circumstances, it must have been a miserable task for the minions at the Mass DOJ to do in federal court by asking for a dismissal. Aaron’s blood is literally on the hands of the Mass. DOJ and MIT. At one point 50 year and $4millio in fines were threatened and then 35 years and $1million in fines. Totally outrageous when murderers and rapists commit violent crimes and receive far less of a sentence. Such a sad and tragic loss. Knowledge is free and always will be.

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