I've never heard anybody claim Swartz was blameless, just that he was treated unfairly, yet the straw man that is constantly presented, is the same one you're using right now.
Is MAC spoofing wrong in and of itself? No. Then MACspoofing is no more evidence of criminality than owning a gun. (which is what Cory wrote)
If you own a gun, you CAN use it for crime, and if you do, you can get charged for it, but owning said gun is not evidence in and of itself that anything you have done has criminal intent.
There was someone else, not too long ago who was "accused" of using a nefarious tool called wget. this was presented as evidence of hacking the same way that MAC spoofing was used with Swartz.
The prosecution did not need to charge him with MAC spoofing, and they didn't, they just tried to drum up the charges as much as possible in as unfair a manner as possible.
To be clear, this is what you are defending right now, aren't you? Your point is to say that he deserved the treatment he got?
Because nobody here is defending his innocence, its too late for that, Cory wrote "When Aaron Swartz did it, it was evidence of criminality", which is a direct comment on how his trial was grossly unfair.
His trial wasn't fair, the charges weren't fair, therefore the sentence he was faced with was unfair, The way he was treated ensured that even if he was 100%, without a doubt, guilty of something, he would not be charged with it and justice would not have been served.
And this is what you are defending with your straw man.
Go ahead, say he was guilty, and of what, please, but go ahead, here's the link to the wikipedia article:
Its pretty clear why, and I'll speak for myself here, I believe that the charges were trumped up in order to get an easy conviction, not because they thought they could prove them.
Whatever you may think of Swartz's actions, MAC spoofing is not a crime, it is not scary "hacking" either which is what was claimed and is in fact something so simple it will be available on iphones soon.
Coming in here just talking about how Swartz was guilty (You are most definetly not saying he was innocent or wronged in any way) is only serving to derail the conversation.
Or is your point that MAC spoofing is wrong?