Reddit Co-Founder Commits Suicide Weeks Before Trial

NEW YORK (January 13, 2013)--The lawyer for Reddit co-founder Aaron Schwartz, 26, who committed suicide weeks before he was have gone on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles, says prosecutors insisted that Schwartz plead guilty to 13 felony counts that would land him in prison for decades.

Swartz hanged himself Friday night in New York City.

In 2011, he was charged in the theft of millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available.

Swartz' attorney, Elliot Peters, calls the case "horribly overblown" and says his client had "the right" to download the articles from JSTOR.

Peters said even the company thought prosecutors had overreached in seeking prison time for Swartz.

The U.S. attorney in Boston couldn't be reached for comment.

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