Jammie Thomas-Rasset's Lawyers Appeal $222,000 Fine to Supreme Court
December 13, 2012 11:52 AM
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The consul argues the defendant's due process rights were violated
Could the highest profile music piracy case to be brought against an individual in the U.S. be headed to
The Supreme Court of the United States
(SCOTUS)? That's the outcome lawyers for working mom Jammie Thomas-Rasset are hoping for.
The defendant's legal team
a petition for certiorari claiming that their client's right to due process has been violated. The case has been kicked around the courts for some time.
Ms. Thomas-Rasset first lost in a June 2009 jury verdict, with the jury deciding on a
$1.92M USD fine
, arguing that lawyers for music labels like Sony Corp.'s (
) BMG and their trade group the
Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) has sufficiently proved that the working mom had willfully-infringed on 24 songs.
U.S. Department of Justice
approved the verdict
, the matter seemed settled, setting a rather draconian precedent. But a judge
cut the fine to a mere
Then it was deja vu all over again -- the case went to retrial, a jury found Ms. Thomas-Rasset guilty of another huge fine (
$1.5M USD, this time
), and then the judge yet again bumped the fine
to $54,000 USD
Jammie Thomas-Rasset (left) [Image Source: joonbug]
Most recently the RIAA,
appealed the reduction
, and the fine was bumped back slightly to $222,000 USD, where it currently sits. That appeal prompted Ms. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers to ask the SCOTUS to hear the case.
The defendant's lawyers cite
State Farm v. Campbell
BMW v. Gore
St. Louis I.M. & S. Railway Co. v. Williams
as relevant cases. These cases all involved the plaintiff seeking a large amount of punitive damages (for example Dr. Ira Gore sued BMW and initially won $4M USD in punitive damages after BMW sold him a repainted vehicle and claimed it was new). In each case the SCOTUS ruled that there should be reasonable limits, based on the scope of the civil offense, to punitive damages.
The RIAA and big media backers are estimated to have spent over $3M USD on the case; Ms. Thomas-Rasset has received much of her legal services and fees paid for via donations.
RIAA v. The People
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Some folks are clueless
12/13/2012 6:06:55 PM
Jammie is one of them but there are many more. She's getting off with a slap on the wrist @ $220K. She should do prison time as is mandatory in Japan.
For those who don't get it, punishment is not suppose to be compensation for stealing copyright protected digital merchandise. Punishment is meant to be a deterrent and a painful learning experience that a perp won't soon forget. The Supreme court should decline to hear this fishing expedition as she has had her trial and her appeal heard and she lost. She certainly doesn't have the right to pirate.
Hopefully the world will follow Japan's mandated 2 year prison sentence and hefty fine for piracy. If you're dumb enough to pirate, you're too stupid to be out in public or at home pirating. There is a prison cell with your name on it.
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