BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Boston have dismissed charges against Internet freedom activist AaronSwartz, who was found dead in his New York apartment last week.
The notice says the case is being dismissed because of Mr. Swartz‘s death. Such filings are routine when a defendant dies before trial.
Mr. Swartz was indicted in 2011 on 13 counts, including wire fraud and computer fraud. Prosecutors alleged he illegally gained access to millions of academic articles through the academic database JSTOR. His trial was scheduled to begin in April.
Mr. Swartz‘s family says his suicide was “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.”
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