Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th May 2009 12:06 UTC
Legal Mid-April, the four founders of The Pirate Bay were found guilty of being accessories to breaching copyright law; they aided in breaching copyright of 33 files. As a result, they were sentenced to one year in jail and a 2.75 million EUR fine. However, it was quickly revealed that the judge in the case was heavily biased, and ever since then there's been a search for a judge who is actually not involved with any pro-copyright groups or with the lawyers working for the entertainment industry in this case. Turns out that's actually kind of hard.
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Simply amazing
by ssa2204 on Sun 24th May 2009 12:39 UTC
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This is the kind of thing you would expect to happen in a country the size of that island in Lost. Does Sweden only have just a couple of judges, and were the other two out to lunch when they needed a judge?

No matter what side of the argument, I find nothing more displeasing to see such monkey business happen in the judicial system. Judges should not be members of such groups, and more importanly if they must, they should recuse themselves.

We have had several high profile court cases here in Minnesota, one of which is the ongoing Senate recount debacle, and in each case we have had judges step up to the plate and recuse themselves, or in a few cases appointed retired judges to fill the role. I can not believe that in all of Sweden they could not find one judge who is not tainted.

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