Posts Tagged ‘judiciary’

RIAA refiles case it had dropped so it can shop around for a more lawsuit friendly judge

June 18, 2008

The ongoing saga regarding the Recording Industry Association of America and what is classified as sharing music has taken another interesting twist as the group has refiled one particular lawsuit.

It was late last year when the RIAA got stricter about file-sharing, claiming the act of making files available for sharing (via a “shared” folder) breaks copyright laws and is available for prosecution.

The pending lawsuits about this unique file-distribution models were shut down after U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake said that making copyrighted material available via a shared folder does not warrant a copyright infringement lawsuit and that the RIAA must prove that the material actually changed hands.

The recent news is that the RIAA has dropped a case that strongly pertains to the “making available” clause, and refiled the case. Rather that directing the lawsuit at the same defendants as before, the RIAA directed it at John Doe (a defendant to be identified later), therefore obtaining a new judge … who may not be so strict about the “making available” clauses.

Nice move, RIAA.

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Ohio judge: state must change means of execution as 2 of 3 drugs used can cause pain.

June 14, 2008

Notice the posters behind him. Kind of speaks for itself. Perhaps the judge would prefer execution by firing squad, the favorite of his boy Che Guevera in the background. Bullets are quicker and cheaper than the methods Ohio uses now, plus you can eliminate hindrances like a court system….if you’re following the Che/Castro methods.

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio says the state’s method of putting prisoners to death is unconstitutional because two of three drugs used in the lethal injection process can cause pain.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday the state’s lethal injection procedure doesn’t provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.

Burge said Ohio must stop allowing a combination of drugs and focus instead on a single, anesthetic drug.

The ruling is likely be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ohio has executed 26 inmates since it resumed putting prisoners to death in 1999.

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A Federal judge is overseeing a pornagraphy case involving bestiality. Guess what was found on his computer and website?

June 12, 2008

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on having a video of a “half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal” on his personal website:

“I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

Huh….ok. Get your mind out of the udder and read the full story.