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Malcolmdeeb
11:11 AM on 01/14/2013
Sadly, another possible victim of football head trauma.
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Doris Hochman
SUSIEQUSIE
11:05 AM on 01/14/2013
ARE WE REALLY FREE AMERICANS NOW? LET THE GUILT FALL WHERE IT SHOULD!.
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bobbyndallas
Heretical Skeptic in Reality
11:02 AM on 01/14/2013
This young and gifted individual took his own life because of the retaliatory prosecution he faced, and the near certain prospect of a ruined life because of it.
So what, be stoic and say "he broke the law" take the high road.
This is not a world where we consider how our own actions will effect others
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RedDogBear
11:36 AM on 01/14/2013
From what I've read its not at all certain that the main reason he did this was because of the prosecution. He could afford the best lawyers and I think his chances of finding one sympathetic person on a jury or eventually negotiating a plea were quite good. Also, he suffered from depression all his life.

I do agree though that the prosecutor in this case was totally over the top and should have settled the case with some kind of small fine rather than going for blood on such a minor offense.
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bnww
#NoRecklessExcessiveNeedlessNWordUse
12:06 PM on 01/14/2013
His finances were becoming non-existent because of the legal battles. Additionally, his parents were going to have to mortgage their home to pay for the next round of legal battles coming. Having your fate in the hands of jurors is always risky. Any lawyer will tell you that. As usual, however, the government will go after individuals like this but will do nothing the bankers and others in the financial industry.
10:54 AM on 01/14/2013
The pending law suit, and possibly even his death, were likely brought on by his work against SOPA. Ordinary people that go against financial behemoths best beware and watch their backs.
01:55 PM on 01/14/2013
If so, it shows a lack of understanding on their part. SOPA was opposed by at least one ENTIRE FIELD OF INDUSTRY(videa gaming) that I know of. Probly many more.
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parabq
10:37 AM on 01/14/2013
Its a total sign of a weak, corrupt, politically driven justice system. These attorneys arent really interested in justice only their political carreer !!!

This is a prime example of an incompetent govt eating their best and brightest. MIT has a huge huge black eye over this just like the US govt. When the govt harasses and prosecutes your most creative for minor stuff -we all lose bigtime !! And people wonder why the US is going in the toilet - this is an example ! The US govt is building more and more enemies every day. Its onlt a matter of time.
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Gurinder Dhillon
Federal Reserve is as Federal as Federal Express
10:32 AM on 01/14/2013
This is the link to the Whitehouse.gov petition to have U.S District Attorney Carmen Ortiz removed from office for overreach and intimidation in the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, she clearly did not want this man to have a fair trial, even though he was already only their on bogus charges.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/remove-united-states-district-attorney-carmen-ortiz-office-overreach-case-aaron-swartz/RQNrG1Ck
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Ex-Fed
11:08 AM on 01/14/2013
Thanks for the link, I signed it today!
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RedDogBear
11:37 AM on 01/14/2013
Signed it and encourage everyone else to as well. Regardless of what you think about copyright issues I think virtually everyone would agree that spending one year, let alone up to 30 for "stealing" some journal articles which would be publicly available anyway soon is a ridiculous sentence.
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messy
artist, writer, adventurer
10:16 AM on 01/14/2013
face it, they guy was basically murdered.
10:06 AM on 01/14/2013
Yes, President Reif, got the memo. Don't forget, the institute is the establishment; I sure hope it can do a little more than merely look sincere. You wanna do good? Start the Aaron Swartz program in Creative Commons Software and provide a space for such talent to grow, mature, create.
What shame, Sir. And let them access articles for free; it's after all about learning, No?
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bobbyndallas
Heretical Skeptic in Reality
11:02 AM on 01/14/2013
What a great suggestion.
10:04 AM on 01/14/2013
My friend had a son who was an economics major. He asked for certain publications from the library, she recieved a visit from gov authorities. For research, reaaallllly?'?
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Rachel Flanagan
Don't Tread on Me
12:59 PM on 01/14/2013
Yes, really. Pretty scary isn't it.
10:01 AM on 01/14/2013
If he were rich- a slap on the hands. The DOJ has sone answering to do for the harassment.
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bobbyndallas
Heretical Skeptic in Reality
11:03 AM on 01/14/2013
Sure, who will they answer to?
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11:47 AM on 01/14/2013
He was rich.
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katy katt
I am rhetoric.
09:47 AM on 01/14/2013
How did he commit suicide? Has anyone reported this yet? I'm curious.
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Riley Pacheco
Seattle area native working in Afghanistan.
10:39 AM on 01/14/2013
Hanging
10:47 AM on 01/14/2013
I read that he hung himself.
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Wonderfull
Consulting commenter.
11:59 AM on 01/14/2013
hanged himself
09:41 AM on 01/14/2013
Any time an organization performs an "internal" investigation little, if anything comes of it. They are merely trying to look like they care & we will probably never hear about the result unless someone remembers to ask.

It would be far more meaningful if they had an outside firm analysis their behavior & response. But of course, they really don't want to change anything. I'm sure part of their review is to assess their legal liability.

One need only look at their response & actions prior to his death to determine that they knew exactly what they were doing, they just didn't expect this response - by Aaron or the aftermath.
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swlewis57
Working class, and proud of it.
09:33 AM on 01/14/2013
Maybe, the guy should have waited for his turn like everybody else has to. 4 million docs? At one time? Come on.
11:45 AM on 01/14/2013
For that part, I agree, BUT to be charged with 13 felonies and face 50 years in prison? Come on, this should have only been a school issue, and at best, a civil matter. This should never have made someone's life so miserable as to face many years in prison, the cost of defense, and being bullied by those that claim to be against it. Serious miscarriage of justice. You shouldn't spend time in jail for possibly being rude.
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Ralf The Dog
Somalia is not a country. It is Libertarian.
12:02 PM on 01/14/2013
They were public, non copyrighted documents. He was not downloading them for himself, but so he could create a better way for the public to access them. He wanted to create a library like JSTOR only, one that anyone could access. Think of it as an academic Project Gutenberg.
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GravitonX
10^300 bosons could care less.
09:32 AM on 01/14/2013
13 felony charges for downloading files? Am I missing something here?
09:28 AM on 01/14/2013
The ones he apparently damaged stood up for him. But someone tried to plant blame that would not stick, especially with JSTOR aiding him. - And suddenly he commits suicide.

Yea, right. Like there is no suspicious circumstances in the death of the journalist who blew the phone hacking story.