Aaron Swartz’s family releases statement, blames overreaching prosecutors for his untimely death

Aaron Swartz’s family releases statement, blames overreaching prosecutors for his untimely death

The family of famed Reddit co-founder and political activist Aaron Swartz has released a statement following the 26-year-old’s suicide on Friday. Remembering Aaron for his “insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance,” the family goes on to say that the federal government’s overzealous prosecution contributed to his death. The government had called for a 35-year sentence after Swartz used a Python script to offload a large quantity of JSTOR documents from an unlocked maintenance closet at MIT in January of 2011. The federal indictment came after JSTOR dropped its own charges against Swartz, who had legal access to the database. The family identifies Aaron’s death as “not simply a personal tragedy.

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Aaron Swartz’s family releases statement, blames overreaching prosecutors for his untimely death

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