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Reddit co-founder commits suicide - Aaron Swartz’s family: ‘Prosecutorial overreach’ to blame for death
13 January 2013
, by Carla Mozee, Los Angeles (MarketWatch)


Swartz took his own life just weeks before the start of his federal trial stemming from

charges in 2011 that he downloaded nearly 5 million academic articles from JSTOR,

a subscription service used by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a bid to distribute them free on file-sharing sites

“Aaron’s death isn’t simply a personal tragedy.

It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach,” Swartz’s family and his girlfriend Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman said in a statement.

The U.S. Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims.”

Swartz had pleaded not guilty to initially four, then 13, felony charges, including wire and computer fraud. He faced up to 35 years in prison if he were found guilty.

JSTOR reclaimed the academic articles from Swartz and didn’t press charges.

Last week, JSTOR said it would offer free access to a limited number of journal articles in its archives.

JSTOR on its website said it was “deeply saddened,” by the news of Swartz’s death, adding that

Swartz made “important contributions” to the development of the Internet.

At age 14, Swartz helped create the now widely used online information-distribution tool RSS.

He later founded Demand Progress, an advocacy group focused on fighting Internet censorship.

Swartz’s funeral will be held on Tuesday in Highland Park, Ill.

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MIT-a government funded university, doesn't want the average person to have access to journals, which have also been government funded. Obviously, MIT likes its government=public funding, yet we, the taxpayers who provided the money for these government funded projects, aren't allowed to have access to those journals, unless we are forking over an additional $19 per article. So, MIT & other universities are privatizing publicly funded research so they can make a's all about the money! I do not entirely believe that Aaron Swartz killed himself over these charges. Remember, Alex has always stated that when ever someone goes rouge from the government's demands, that person ends up as a "suicide". 
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structure, of these United States protects any American from
arbitrary seizure of his property and his person, from the
Gestapo and the Storm Troops, from the concentration camp, the
torture chamber, the revolver at the back of his neck