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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RE[3]: Simply amazing
by dagw on Sun 24th May 2009 18:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Simply amazing"
dagw
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2005-07-06

Of course it should be fair to say that judges and other officers of the court (I.e. lawyers) should be banned from joining any professional bodies or political parties

So lawyers and judges should not be allowed to get together with other lawyers and judges to talk about the latest developments in their field? Isolation from your peers is harmful to both your professional development and by extension the development of the field, no matter what the area.

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RE[4]: Simply amazing
by Vanders on Mon 25th May 2009 00:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Simply amazing"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

So lawyers and judges should not be allowed to get together with other lawyers and judges to talk about the latest developments in their field?


As a function of their job, sure. We would call that "Job training" in most fields. It has to be an "All or none" proposition, though.

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RE[5]: Simply amazing
by dagw on Mon 25th May 2009 07:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Simply amazing"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

We would call that "Job training" in most fields

No there is far more to it than that. Most people I know in professional fields are members of organizations connected to that field. They attend workshops and confrences where they present research and are involved in various research centers and similar initiatives. they sit on standard committees, edit and publish journals, books and whitepapers and countless other activites where professionals from across the field get togethere and work to advance their field. Non of these activities are really "job training" and all are very important.

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