Aaron Swartz, the founder of Reddit, was found dead, he had hung himself. Some of the reasons behind his death include depression that he previously suffered from and the criminal case he was in, which his wife stated that it was caused “by a persecution and a prosecution that had already wound on for 2 years”. What this says about some United States law is that those in power have a lot of control over those who don’t, for example he knew he was going to get the worst possible sentence just because they can do that and not because it’s what is right. Aaron was always about helping the little guy and just wanted to show that we deserve internet freedom. What this also says about some US law is that the sentencing given to certain crimes aren’t always equivalent to what is deserved just based on how the criminal justice works.
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2) Martinez, M., Ariosto, D., & York, B. (2013, March 7). Internet prodigy, activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide. <i>CNN</i>. Retrieved October 30, 2013, from http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/us/new-york-reddit-founder-suicide/