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PATRICK J. LEAHY, DIANNE FEINSTEIN, CALIFORNIA CHARLES E. SCHUMER, NEW YORK RICHARD J.

DURBIN, ILLINOIS SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, RHODE ISLAND AMY KLOBUCHAR, MINNESOTA AL FRANKEN, MINNESOTA CHRISTOPHER A. COONS, DELAWARE MAZIE HIRONO, HAWAII

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CHAIRMAN

CHARLES E. GRASS LEY, IOWA ORRIN G. HATCH, UTAH JEFF SESSIONS, ALABAMA LINDSEY O. GRAHAM, SOUTH CAROLINA JOHN CORNYN, TEXAS MICHAEL S. LEE, UTAH TED CRUZ, TEXAS JEFF FLAKE, ARIZONA

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY DC 20510-6275 WASHINGTON,

Staff Director KRISTINE J. LUCIUS, Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director KOLAN L. DAVIS, Republican Chief Counsel and Staff Director RITA LARt JOCHUM, Republican Deputy Staff Director
BAUCE A. COHEN,

March 13,2013 The Honorable Eric Holder Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Attorney General Holder:


I am writing to associate myself with my colleague Senator John Cornyn's letter to you regarding the Department of Justice's prosecution of the late Aaron Swartz.

Mr. Swartz's passing was untimely and tragic. There may be disagreement on the exact merits of the case against him, but charging a young man like Mr. Swartz with federal offenses punishable by over 35 years of federal imprisonment seems remarkably aggressive - particularly when it appears that one of the principal aggrieved parties, the academic subscription service JSTOR, did not support a criminal prosecution. I respectfully ask that I be copied on your response to Senator Cornyn's letter. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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Al Franken United States Senator

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