p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- In their latest attempt to make a mockery out of the US court system, RIAA lawyers are demanding the Joel Tenenbaum vs the RIAA hearing scheduled for June 5 be “accelerated” to next week, and to approve their bid to have a Chicago ‘mystery witness’ interviewed by telephone, the results being officially entered as “new” evidence.
And they want the ‘deposition’ kept secret in much the same way they’ve so far been able to surpress a ruling that oral arguments in the case be televised so the world can see the RIAA in action as it twists and turns and bends the truth.
At the beginning of the year, judge Nancy Gertner approved a motion to allow oral arguments in the hearing to be streamed live online.
The RIAA, which claims the court cases are to openly educate people on the evils of file sharing, nonetheless managed to have the decision overturned so no one except the lawyers will see and hear what’s going on.
Now, for their ‘mystery’ witness in Sony BMG Music Entertainment v Tenenbaum, “Flying to Chicago to conduct the deposition is an unnecessary expense,” say the labels in a court document.
And, “plaintiffs filed a ‘supplemental memorandum’ in connection with a motion they made approximately 6 months ago, on the ground that they it contained “new evidence” they obtained 8 months ago,” says Ray Beckerman in Recording Industry vs The People, going on »»»
Time, once again, to remind the law students and fledgling lawyers out there not to practice law this way :
a) it is not recommended practice to tell a judge that she should accelerate the hearing date she set for decision of a number of motions based on voluminous paperwork,
b) there is no basis in the law for making a motion to compel a deposition without revealing the identify of the witness, the subject matter, etc,
c) it is inappropriate to attempt to submit as “new evidence” in support of a motion evidence which was in your possession two months prior to your making the motion, and (
d) it is inappropriate to submit any “evidence” by a memorandum of law.
Again I just want to remind you that this case is being litigated in a strange way by both sides, and there is nothing going on that should be emulated.
It looks like both sides’ attorneys are trying their hardest not to win, but to lose, the case.
Just disregard everything you see. I’m tempted to stop coverage of this case, because … well because I can’t bear to watch. I’m going to start taking a poll on that …
However, on Ray’s suggestion that law students and fledgling lawyers shouldn’t practice law this way, why shouldn’t they?
After all, the RIAA has for years been getting away with judicial murder while its opponents try to plead their cases fairly, just as though the playing fields are level the objective is to serve justice.
Recording Industry vs The People – RIAA asks court to accelerate June 5th hearing to next week, to rule that Chicago deposition can be taken by telephone, & to consider ‘new’ evidence, April 30, 2009
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