Attorneys 'Hounded' Swartz to His Death: Dad
They 'don't understand the nature of what they did'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 6:12 AM CST

(Newser) – Lawyers pulled Aaron Swartz into a legal maze that ultimately killed him, the Internet activist's father tells the Los Angeles Times. Swartz "was hounded to his death by a system and a set of attorneys that still don't understand the nature of what they did," Bob Swartz says. "They destroyed my son by their callousness and inflexibility." Swartz committed suicide as he faced jail time for hacking into MIT to make academic papers freely available; he saw the move as political, the Times notes.

In a statement issued Wednesday, a prosecutor in the case acknowledged that "there was no evidence against Mr. Swartz indicating that he committed his acts for personal financial gain," but reiterated the belief that he should have served at least six months. But hacks like Swartz's happen at MIT "on a monthly basis," says his father, who insists that Swartz didn't "have" depression, and was never diagnosed as such. "You’d be depressed too if you were under a 13-count federal indictment and you go see your mother, who’s in a coma." His mother had suffered from a bowel obstruction in late 2011 and spent more than half a year in the hospital.

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Jan 26, 2013 5:45 PM CST
Why would anyone want Swartz dead? 1. The man was a computer genius that out shined all the gummit dinkers? 2. Gummit afraid of leet Hackers? 3. 'O''s drone system was putty in his hands & O was afraid, very afraid? 4. He could expose any gummit corruption? 5. He demanded a jury trial of HIS PEERS? 6. He turned down a date with the female prosecutor that had the hots for him? 7. He could expose any bankster corruption?. 8. Gummit wanted him dead cause he wouldn't work for them and they couldn't afford that he would work for their fantasy enemy?
Jan 18, 2013 4:28 PM CST
How sad this story is.
Jan 18, 2013 7:58 AM CST
why are Big Bankers "too big to jail", but hackers who harm nobody get prison time? Who is the bigger threat?!?