JSTOR declined to press charges against Swartz, but the U.S. Department of Justice, with MIT's partial cooperation, indicted Swartz in July 2011 on four counts of wire fraud and computer hacking.
According to the New York Times' estimate, Swartz faced up to 35 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.
"Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy," a statement by Swartz's family said Saturday (Jan. 12). "It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death."
As of 9:30 a.m. EST today, the MIT website was back up, as was the main Department of Justice website at www.justice.gov. An alternate Department of Justice site, www.doj.gov, was unreachable.
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