Noam Chomsky Faults MIT Over Aaron Swartz Case

By: Monday January 13, 2014 11:28 am

While we find out more and more about the government’s role in destroying Swartz we also learn more about the shameful conduct of MIT. Conduct recently criticized by one of MIT’s most well known and accomplished professors, Noam Chomsky.


Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Compared Aaron Swartz to Rapist

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 11:15 am

According to the MIT report on the Aaron Swartz case, federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann compared internet activist Aaron Swartz to a rapist. Heymann has already been under scrutiny for possible misconduct as his overly-aggressive tactics have been cited as being the reason for Swartz’s suicide. Now we know how far Heymann was willing to go.

Aaron Swartz’s Lawyers Allege Prosecutor Engaged in Professional Misconduct

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 9:00 am

In a letter written to the Department Of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Aaron Swartz’s attorneys, Elliot Peters and Daniel Purcell, allege that U.S Prosecutor Steve Heymann engaged in professional misconduct. Swartz’s lawyers allege that Heymann did not follow proper procedure in turning over evidence and securing a warrant.

Aaron Swartz’s Partner Accuses Prosecutors of Misconduct as Quinn Norton Details Grand Jury Testimony

By: Monday March 4, 2013 11:25 am

As first reported at emptywheel, federal prosecutors used Aaron Swartz’s involvement with a political manifesto to justify prolonging their investigation of him. Now Swartz’s partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, is calling out prosecutors for using the benign writing as a pretext for a politically motivated investigation.

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman said she was “angry and really upset” when she learned from congressional staffers from the government oversight committee that a document written by Swartz five years ago was a key element in his prosecution.

“I was surprised that the Department of Justice would be so bold, that their motivation was so political,” Stinebrickner-Kauffman said. “That it wasn’t just one prosecutor run amok, that it was about Aaron’s political views.”

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