There have been several opinion pieces in the Globe about Aaron Swartz, many of them about how he was wrongly prosecuted and how US Attorney Carmen Ortiz owes us an explanation for the actions of her office. I’d like to take issue with this position.
Swartz knew what the laws were, and that what he was doing was against the law. In our society there are numerous avenues available to challenge laws that one does not agree with, such as filing a lawsuit or petitioning to get the law changed. Swartz was charged with flouting the law and doing what he thought was correct.