Aaron Swartz’s embattled prosecuting attorney releases first statement, says conduct was ‘appropriate’

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US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz is breaking the silence on her office’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz. After extending her sympathy to those affected by Swartz’s death, Ortiz acknowledges that there was no evidence that the 25 year-old’s efforts to mass-download public journal articles from the JSTOR repository was for personal financial gain. Ortiz then disputes claims that her office was pursuing a hefty penalty for the hacker and open access advocate, saying “this office sought an appropriate sentence that matched the alleged conduct – a sentence that we would recommend to the judge of six months in a low security setting… his defense counsel would have been free to recommend a sentence of probation.”

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