Reddit Co-Founder Dies in Brooklyn Weeks Before Trial

Twenty-six-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself Friday night in his Brooklyn apartment

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Reddit Co-Founder Dies in Brooklyn Weeks Before Trial

Boston Globe via Getty Images

Aaron Swartz

advertisement

The lawyer for a Reddit co-founder who committed suicide weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles says prosecutors insisted that he plead guilty to 13 felony counts that would land him in prison for decades.

Twenty-six-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself Friday night in his Brooklyn apartment. In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available.

Swartz' attorney, Elliot Peters, calls the case "horribly overblown" and says his client had "the right" to download the articles from JSTOR. Peters says even the company thought prosecutors had overreached in seeking prison time for Swartz.

The U.S. attorney in Boston couldn't be reached for comment.

Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytimeiPhone/iPad App | SMS AlertsTwitter | Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | RSS

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out