A new online petition has called for the firing of district attorney Carmen Ortiz for pursuing Aaron Swartz with charges that could have put him in prison for at least three decades.
Meanwhile, Democrat congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has drawn up a new bill called “Aaron’s Law” to amend the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act used to prosecute Swartz until his death last week.
“There’s no way to reverse the tragedy of Aaron’s death, but we can work to prevent a repeat of the abuses of power he experienced,” she wrote.
“The government was able to bring such disproportionate charges against Aaron because of the broad scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the wire fraud statute. It looks like the government used the vague wording of those laws to claim that violating an online service’s user agreement or terms of service is a violation of the CFAA and the wire fraud statute.