Judge In Pirate Bay Case Appears To Have Ties To The Copyright Lobby

from the ooops dept

Via Martin Thornkvist, we find out that Swedish Public radio has discovered that the judge in The Pirate Bay case apparently has some ties to the copyright lobby (that's a Google translation -- if you know Swedish, the original is here). Apparently, he's a member of a few organizations that work towards strengthening copyright laws, and even holds a board position in one of those organizations. The lawyers representing the entertainment industry also belonged to one of the pro-copyright organizations in which the judge is a member. Experts quoted in the article note that this is highly irregular, and the judge should have recused himself for conflict of interest. The judge, of course, claims that he doesn't believe he was biased at all, but others note that any hint of bias is a problem in such a legal case (let alone such a high profile one).

Filed Under: conflict of interest, copyright, copyright lobby, judge, sweden, trial
Companies: the pirate bay


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    Tor, 23 Apr 2009 @ 8:12am

    The key-word here is aid: the judge can ignore the laymen's advice if he so chooses.

    I believe this is completely wrong. Here's a translated excerpt of the Swedish wikipedia article on "nämndeman" (corresponding but not equal to jury member):
    "The nämndemän are completely equal to the judges - all have their individual say and all take part in all the decisions made by the court. The nämndemän also have the right to register a reservation with their reasons on the verdict. This sets nämndemän apart from the jury members found in many other countries who often only have a say in the guilt question whereas the judge determines the penalty. In Sweden juries are only used in court cases related to free speech laws."

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