Sign the Petition to

President Barack Obama

Pardon Aaron Swartz.

Aaron Swartz stood accused of wire and computer fraud for downloading JSTOR academic papers which he believed were morally required to be free to access. Despite civil settlement with JSTOR in June 2011 and JSTOR's plea that criminal charges be dropped, US DoJ continued criminal prosecution.

Any number of parties have responded loudly that Aaron Swartz was a good person, an ethical actor, a force for good; the change he wished to see in the world. He understood that the legal code is only an approximation of the moral code.

DoJ's prosecution was heavy-handed, totally out of proportion with justice. His family has issued a statement saying DoJ's actions contributed to his suicide[1]. His friend and former lawyer Lawrence Lessig[2] has issued a clear description of that unreasonable response. An independent expert witness[3] has issued a statement that he believed no crime was committed - certainly not one in line with the charges.

Our laws and law enforcement are imperfect, but we can do better. We can recognize the injustice of these charges and issue a formal post-humous pardon of Aaron Swartz. He was one of our best.

Justice demands that you pardon Aaron Swartz.

[1] http://rememberaaronsw.tumblr.com/post/40372208044/official-statement-from-the-family-and-partner-of-aaron
[2] http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully
[3] http://unhandled.com/2013/01/12/the-truth-about-aaron-swartzs-crime/

(A signature on this petition should be considered a signature on the White House petition as well.)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/posthumously-pardon-aaron-swartz/DVpdmSBj

Signed,

Jeremy Dunck

This petition closed over 2 years ago

How this will help

His family and friends have stated that DoJ's harsh prosecution contributed to his death.

Initial details about the case are here:
http://www.theawl.com/2011/08/was-aaron-swartz-stealing

The...

His family and friends have stated that DoJ's harsh prosecution contributed to his death.

Initial details about the case are here:
http://www.theawl.com/2011/08/was-aaron-swartz-stealing

The family's official statement is here:
http://www.rememberaaronsw.com/statements/family.html

A public recognition this injustice will help continue his work for open information.

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