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Petition to have MIT and US Govt. issue an apologies for prosecuting Aaron Schwartz

From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:20:08 +0100
Message-ID: <CAE1ny+4+g_V_0oYhSLOTOfBsrN1YGQW=R+sj5D9kT5xtX_R_fg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
I made a petition to demand an from MIT and the US Attorney of
Massachusetts apologies for their prosecution of Aaron Schwartz, a
prosecution that his parents say is partly to blame for his suicide. The US
Federal Government is also added since laws on the federal level allow this
kind of absurd prosecution. Aaron Schwartz was part of the Semantic Web
community and the loss to future generations is tremendous. Feel free to


>From the official statement of Swartz's family:

    "Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a
criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.
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. Meanwhile, unlike
JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community's most
cherished principles."
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