Senators Press Holder on Swartz Prosecution

The AG sees no problem, of course


Members of Congress continue to demand more answers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) about the aggressive prosecution of the late Aaron Swartz. Yesterday, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about general Justice Department oversight, Senator Cornyn—who initiated one of the two congressional investigations into Aaron's death—asked Attorney General Holder about Aaron's prosecution.

The Attorney General denied any prosecutorial misconduct, but, at the behest of Senator Leahy, did promise to look into the aggressive use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—one of the laws used to prosecute Aaron. Aaron's case proved the CFAA is ripe for abuse. You can go here to tell your representative to support reform.