Aaron Swartz was found hanging in his NY apartment. This is terrible and shocking, the loss of one of the great genius talents in America. But I see why he did it, he was facing Federal time for breaching a computer network at MIT.
From a statement released by his family:
Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.