by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Many prosecutors and, in the case of Headline News’ Nancy Grace, former prosecutors, are of the mindset that if a suspect commits suicide they do so because they are guilty. Grace said as much following the suicide of one of her guests, Melinda Duckett, after the sensationalist host all but accused her of murdering her missing two-year-old son.
We may never know whether Duckett was guilty of anything, because she’s dead – thanks in large part to Grace’s made-for-television badgering. But that also means we may never learn anything about her missing son’s whereabouts, either.
Enter Aaron Swartz, the brilliant tech-savvy Internet activist and co-founder of a company that would eventually grow into social media site Reddit. Potentially facing 50 years behind bars for allegedly downloading more than four million academic journals from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swartz hung himself in his apartment ahead of a pending court date.