May 21, 2013
MIT Refused to Accept Swartz Plea Bargain, Lawyer Says
Posted on Jan 16, 2013
A lawyer for Aaron Swartz—the 26-year-old programmer and open-Internet activist who reportedly committed suicide Friday under pressure from threat of prosecution—says MIT refused to endorse a deal that would have granted Swartz probation or deferred prosecution.
JSTOR, the academic paper archive from which Swartz downloaded millions of articles in the act for which he was indicted, accepted the plea bargain, said attorney Marty Weinberg. MIT owned the computer closet from which Swartz downloaded the files.
An article published by The Boston Globe suggests the prosecution, led by Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, would have accepted the deal had MIT signed off on it.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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