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Pirate Bay admins' lawyer demands a retrial

Last week, the trial of four admins from The Pirate Bay, the world's largest torrent site, concluded.  The result was a stunning defeat for the pirates, with a guilty verdict and a sentence of over $3M USD in damages (to be paid to Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures) and a year in jail.

Now new revelations have surfaced.  It turns out the judge presiding over the trial, Judge Tomas Norstrom, was a member of two Swedish copyright protection groups.  He confirmed his affiliation this week, which first surfaced in Swedish Radio reports.

The affiliation represents a relatively clear conflict of interest, given that the prosecution lawyers consisted of three lawyers of similar affiliations.  Peter Althin, who represented Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde in the case, is demanding a retrial.  He states, "This is completely new to me. It is reasonable that we should have known about this before.  It is a clear case of bias."

After successful actions against Kazaa and Grokster, two popular P2P clients, copyright lawyers are eager to trying to take down The Pirate Bay, which boasts over 22 million users.  And it appears they had a fully loaded deck to do it with the trial of the administrators, as they had control of the Judge and the prosecution.

All four defendants will appeal the guilty verdict Friday.  It is likely that all of them will request a retrial as part of that appeal.

Judge Nordstrom, meanwhile, defends his record, claiming he was completely unbiased.  He admits he is a member of The Swedish Association for Copyright and Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property.  He also admits he worked with Monica Wadsted, who represented the American movie industry in the trial, in resolving internet domain name disputes.  Despite these close ties, though he insists the trial was clean.  He states, "I don't think there are any circumstances that have made me biased in this case."

Meanwhile, Pirate Bay ringleader Peter "brokep" Sunde was quick to poke fun at the judge's affiliation, calling it "quite remarkable".  He sums up the trial, in comments to the AP, in one word -- a "farce".

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By SiliconDoc on 4/25/2009 5:24:35 AM , Rating: 3
This is just unbelievable - we find out right after the case that Jerkoff Nordstrom is aligned with the prosecutions conglomeration.
Just put the judge and the 3 lying perp prosecutors in PRISON, and forever ban the licenses and any money they have coming to them. You can send in your cia over there to get the confessions and future plots from them as well.
So, after they get SCREWED in a trial, they have to beg for another one, and then comes the do-over.
I for one am pretty SICK of government do-overs after we find out they are worse than those they are prosecuting.
Tell me if we didn't find out who the really giant internet criminals are very recently !
Oh yes we did...
The FINANCIAL masters and all their government legislations slaves, and they robbed TRILLIONS from everyone on the face of the earth with the computer internet connected money management COMPUTER TERMINALS - jacked into the net at the highest of packet priorities, then after getting CAUGHT in their scandalously massive decades plus long crime spree of NEVER BEFORE SEEN proportions, they used their wily con powers they developed over th decade plus to pull THE SECOND RAPE JOB ! And TRILLIONS flowed out the wires over the internet at to the BANKS and INVESTMENT institutions all over the WORLD...
Sorry there corrupt judges and prosecutors and masters of the are epic corruption and epic fail.
I see, the little people, johnny 2 bucks and susie hair curlers, sitting in the basement in their PJ's or on mommies 5 year old dell - are supposed to be the criminals the giant worldwide media and government go after...
We see, the trillion dollar internet pipe robbery masters have ALL walked out scott free- and many have been RETAINED by the government and it's arms of power and prosecutorial discretion - to KEEP THE THIEVING ALIVE...
Sorry, not like song stealing should be legal, but we have a GIGANTIC CRATER for the memory hole here, and those a hundred thousand times worse are NEVER TOUCHED.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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