1. Postmortem

    Charges Against Swartz Dropped

    This Dec. 8, 2012 photo provided by ThoughtWorks shows Aaron Swartz, in New York. Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, hanged himself Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in New York City. 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. He had pleaded not guilty, and his federal trial was to begin next month. (AP Photo/ThoughtWorks, Pernille Ironside)

    Pernille Ironside/AP

    The Department of Justice announced on Monday that they had dropped the charges against Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz after he died from an apparent suicide on Friday. Swartz, 26, had been accused of breaking into a computer at MIT and downloading 4.8 million documents from JSTOR, an academic-articles subscription service. He faced up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. His trial was set to start in April. In a statement on Saturday, Swartz’s family blamed prosecutors for being overzealous in pursuing the charges against him.

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