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Aaron Swartz Prosecution

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ryan Grim

Aaron Swartz Lawyers Accuse Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Of Misconduct

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding key evidence from the defense team of Aaron Swartz,...

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 ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ To Brief Congress On Aaron Swartz Prosecution

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials will give a congressional briefing Friday afternoon on DOJ's handling of the case against Aaron Swartz, the...

California Republican Speaks At Internet Activist's Memorial

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the staunchest Republicans in Congress, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), attended a Capitol Hill memor...

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.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Lance Armstrong finally came clean, telling Oprah: "I'm here to say 'sorry.'" Whole Foods CEO John Mackey offered regrets for comparing Obamacare to "fascism." And former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford announced a bid for Congress, saying: "We all hope for redemption." But before there is redemption, there must be contrition -- something sorely missing from the prosecutors of Aaron Swartz who, just days after Swartz's suicide, defended their actions as "appropriate." Also contrition-free: the NRA, whose inaccurate ad featuring the president's daughters was blasted as "reprehensible" by Gov. Chris Christie, among many others. And there was no contrition from House Republicans, who softened their stance on the debt ceiling while reserving the right to hold the economy hostage. Perhaps we do a hostage swap with them -- we get the economy back, they get Manti Te'o's girlfriend.

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.

Gerry Smith

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead of Compassion'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.18.2013 | Technology

Officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology declined to support a plea deal that could have allowed Aaron Swartz to avoid prison because th...

What the Aaron Swartz Tragedy Means to His Generation

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

His actions were rare and powerful acts of civil disobedience not commonly seen in our generation. Though his time on the planet was short, Swartz made a monumental impact. The fact that his last days were spent in such darkness is truly heartbreaking.

Ryan J. Reilly

U.S. Attorney Defends Aaron Swartz Prosecution

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz on Wednesday defended her office's prosecution of Aaron Swartz as "appropriate," days after the 26-year-old I...

Spouse Of Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor Defends Her On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.15.2013 | Technology

When Internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday after an apparent suicide, friends, family and those who never ...

Petition to Remove Swartz's Prosecutor Reaches Critical Mass

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 01.15.2013 | Technology

The petition to remove Carmen Ortiz, the controversial district attorney in charge of the prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, has reached t...

Zach Carter

Prosecutors Under Fire In Tragic Death Of Internet Pioneer Aaron Swartz

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A petition urging President Barack Obama to fire U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for prosecutorial overreach in her office's case against Aar...