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Jammie Thomas Takes Constitutional Argument To SCOTUS 146

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Native American Minnesotan found by a jury to have downloaded 24 mp3 files of RIAA singles, has filed a petition for certioriari to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the award of $220,000 in statutory damages is excessive, in violation of the Due Process Clause. Her petition (PDF) argued that the RIAA's litigation campaign was 'extortion, not law,' and pointed out that '[a]rbitrary statutory damages made the RIAA's litigation campaign possible; in turn,that campaign has inspired copycats like the so-called Copyright Enforcement Group; the U.S. Copyright Group, which has already sued more than 20,000 individual movie downloaders; and Righthaven, which sued bloggers. This Court should grant certiorari to review this use of the federal courts as a scourge.'"
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Jammie Thomas Takes Constitutional Argument To SCOTUS

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  • by radiumsoup ( 741987 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @07:48AM (#42271131)

    additionally, the conflict between application of case law between the various Federal Circuits needs to be resolved; someone living in Illinois might get an entirely different set of Federal case law applied than someone in Arizona, and at this stage it's unreasonable to allow that to continue.

  • by Iamthecheese ( 1264298 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @07:49AM (#42271135)
    According to Wiki Answers [] one percent are heard. According to Wikipedia 5% of certiorari cases are heard. [] Note that granting certiorari would allow the **AA's to lobby the courts as "friends of the court" and that the **AA's can afford much better lawyers than you can.
  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @08:18AM (#42271255)

    Scotus is only supposed to hear a small number of cases that will have major political and constitutional impacts

    They are not a trial court. You get 10 minutes to speak your summary most of which you get interrupted by questions from the justices

  • Re:Good luck (Score:5, Informative)

    by dywolf ( 2673597 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @10:02AM (#42272047)

    How does one buy the court?

    I know we mock them by calling them the Supreme Corporate Court of the US...
    but really they have one job. and its not to do what we think is the "right thing".
    it's to interpret the laws as written and determine points of conflict, priorty, constituinionality, etc etc.

    And unfortunately, while we may not -like- a lot of the decisions coming out of there lately, they are by and large legally sound (granted: they are lawyers, so they're good at rationalizing most anything).

    Since they are supposed to be limited to interpreting the laws as written, the best way to get around a court decision you dont like is to change the law, which leads us back to the Congrees. So its not that the Court has ben bought off (in fact, its completely illegal to do so). Its the bought off Congress supplying the laws that frame the Courts decision process.

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