House opens investigation into prosecution of Aaron Swartz
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A congressional committee is broadening its investigation into the suicide of a computer activist which sparked a threat, that turned out to be a hoax on the campus of MIT.
Aaron Swartz was arrested in 2011 for allegedly using MIT's network to illegally download online scholarly articles. He faced 13 felony counts that carried up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
Swartz took his own life in January. The Globe is now reporting the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is looking into how the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz handled the case.
Ortiz said they planned to offer Swartz a plea deal that would have cut his time behind bars to less than a year.