Nancy Gertner: Ortiz Should Have Never Pursued The Swartz Case

Computer prodigy and cyber activist Aaron Swartz was buried yesterday near Chicago. The 26-year-old former Harvard fellow committed suicide on Friday.

Swartz was facing criminal charges and a federal trial for downloading some four million documents from a fee-charging database of academic journals at MIT. He was charged with multiple felonies and was facing up to 35 years in prison and more than a million dollars in fines.

After Swartz’s death, Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz dropped the charges against Swartz.

But retired federal Judge Nancy Gertner says the matter should have never been prosecuted in the first place.



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