The Associated Press

Feds Dismiss Charges Against Swartz, Cite Suicide

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors in Boston have dismissed charges against Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his New York apartment last week.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, filed a three-line notice of dismissal in court Monday. The notice says the case is being dismissed because of Swartz’s death.

Swartz was indicted in 2011 on 13 counts, including wire fraud and computer fraud. Prosecutors alleged he illegally gained access to millions of academic articles through the academic database JSTOR. His trial was scheduled to begin in April.

Swartz’s family said his suicide was “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.”

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  • public_servant_watch

    Maybe now that a brilliant young man who was no threat and brought harm to no one is dead Carment Ortiz could concentrate on an actual crime scene which is 1 Court House Way!!!!!! My bad–I forgot all those tax paid public servants are exempt from law and that they are allowed extortion, identy theft and to rob life, liberty and property with computer and mail fraud!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Bras/100000593270414 Jason Bras

    this prosecutor is a woman with big political ambition but little sense as a wise, judicious prosecutor befitting her office. i hope her career track ends here. what’s next? bring a bazooka to a cat fight next time?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Bras/100000593270414 Jason Bras

    one more, Swartz’ made 10,000x more contribution to the society in his short live than this Carmen Ortiz, loyah with no skin in the game…

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