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Feds dismiss charges against Swartz, cite suicide

Posted at: 01/14/2013 4:32 PM
Updated at: 01/14/2013 6:24 PM
By: WNYT Staff

 

BOSTON - Federal prosecutors in Boston have dismissed charges against Aaron Swartz.

He was the 26-year-old found dead last week of an apparent suicide in his New York City apartment.

Swartz was about to stand trial for computer fraud.

The government accused him of stealing millions of scientific journals from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He planned to make them available to the public for free.

His family says the criminal justice system drove Swartz to commit suicide.