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Aaron Swartz Suicide

Travis Waldron

The Controversial Law At The Heart Of The Cardinals' Hacking Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.16.2015 | Sports

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating whether St. Louis Cardinals employees illegally hacked into networks owned and operated by the Housto...

The Legal System Was 'A Major Factor' In Reddit Co-Founder's Suicide

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz was 26 years old and facing possible imprisonment for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he took his own l...

WATCH: Aaron Swartz Found NSA Scope 'Scary'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

One year after Internet activist Aaron Swartz's death, a group of activists and online platforms are uniting for a day of activism against the Nationa...

Matt Sledge

Lawrence Lessig Walking Across New Hampshire In Memory Of Aaron Swartz

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Harvard University Professor Lawrence Lessig is walking across New Hampshire in memory of Aaron Swartz, the computer coder and Internet freedom activi...

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: MIT Shares Blame For Aaron Swartz Tragedy

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology bears some of the blame for the tragedy of Internet activist Aaron Swartz's suicide, according to author and...

Matt Sledge

Eric Holder Criticized On Anniversary Of Aaron Swartz Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Members of the House and Senate are pressing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about the "aggressive" prosecution and "tragic" dea...

Here's The Video That Got Aaron Swartz Arrested

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

In 2011, a video was recorded of then 24-year-old programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz breaking into a computer closet at the Massachusetts I...

Ryan J. Reilly

Stephen Heymann, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor, Compared Internet Activist To Rapist: MIT Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- The federal prosecutor who managed the Justice Department's case against the late Aaron Swartz compared the Internet pioneer to a rapist...

Previously Sealed Documents To Be Released In Swartz Case

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics

BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday ordered the release of previously sealed documents in the criminal hacking case against deceased Internet ac...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Vindictive Individuals' Threaten Aaron Swartz Prosecutors, U.S. Complains

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Two federal prosecutors involved in the case against the late Aaron Swartz have faced "harassing and, at times, threatening communicatio...

Weev, the Hacker Who Didn't Hack AT&T

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Technology
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

In a Newark courtroom last Monday, Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, 27, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment due to finding and publishing a security flaw on AT&T's website. But a good part of the tech-savvy world interprets Auernheimer's exploits as a non-crime.

Zach Carter

Another Senator Questions Justice's Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for more information about the Justice Department's prose...

Zach Carter

GOP Rep Pushes For Internet Freedom At CPAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year's Conservative Political Action Conference has been dominated by discussions of Obamacare and gun rights, but Rep. Jason Chaff...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Aaron Swartz Case 'A Good Use Of Prosecutorial Discretion'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department never intended for Internet activist Aaron Swartz to go to jail "for longer than a three, four, potentially five-...

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay wa...

Ryan J. Reilly

Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Saw 'Guerilla' Manifesto As Proof Of Malicious Intent

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron ...

Prosecutors Sought 30 Years for Swartz's JSTOR Download, 35 for Headley's Mumbai Massacre

Nathan Robinson | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

The difference between the government's approach to the two men shows the tiny role that "actual harm caused" matters in the criminal justice system, and testifies to the increasingly unaccountable power of the U.S. prosecutor.

Ryan J. Reilly

Top Lawmakers Demand Aaron Swartz Answers From Attorney General

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican and top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee sent a joint letter late Monday to Attorney General Eric Holder pos...

Hackers Crash Government Site To Avenge Death Of Internet Activist

AP | Posted 03.28.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swa...

Tragedy, Guns, Games and the Deadly Art of Illusion

Russell C. Smith | Posted 03.27.2013 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

Since so much has been written recently about mental illness and access to guns, it's not a stretch to flip this argument around to include unrestrained force by a governmental body against someone who is dealing with depression.

MIT Announces Timeline For Aaron Swartz Investigation Results

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.24.2013 | College

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is conducting a review of its involvement in the case of Aaron Swartz, the internet pioneer who committed su...

Aaron Swartz, Financial Fraud and the Justice Department

Dean Baker | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The Justice Department apparently wanted to send a message with its decision to prosecute Swartz while ignoring the financial fraud that fueled the housing bubble. It certainly did.

Hundreds Pay Tribute To Internet Pioneer

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 03.21.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK — Portraying his suicide as the product of injustice, friends and supporters at a memorial Saturday for free-information advocate Aaron...

The Prosecution of Aaron Swartz: A Reply to Orin Kerr

James Boyle | Posted 03.20.2013 | Technology
James Boyle

Aaron Swartz is someone who is renowned for acts of altruistic and brilliant creation. More in his short life than most of us will manage. He helped build the commons that enables you to read this. I say this not only in sad farewell but because it's relevant to the discussion that follows.

Was Aaron Swartz a Victim of Prosecutorial Overkill?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

In the end, the single most significant check on a prosecutor's discretion is not the judicial courts, nor the court of public opinion. The only realistic check lies in the integrity and professionalism of prosecutors.