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Aaron Swartz: Suicide or Murder?

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"His deeply humane writing touched minds and hearts across generations and continents. He earned the friendship of thousands and the respect and support of millions more."

"Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach." 

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"Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts US Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney's office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims." 

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"Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community's most cherished principles."

"Today, we grieve for the extraordinary and irreplaceable man that we have lost."

Lawrence Lessig is an academic, political activist, online freedom proponent, former University of Chicago/Harvard Law School Professor, and current Professor of Law at Stanford. He founded the school's Center for Internet and Society.

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He knew Aaron as a friend and lawyer. On January 13, he headlined "Prosecutor as Bully," saying:

Whatever Aaron did wasn't for personal gain. He did what he thought right. JSTOR understood. "They declined to pursue their own action against Aaron."

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