Pirate Bay Lay Judge Deemed to Be Biased
One of the lay judges scheduled to hear the appeal in The Pirate Bay case has been deemed to be biased by the Svea Court of Appeals because of his involvement in the streaming music service Spotify, the court said on Tuesday.
Lay judges are citizens who serve alongside professional judges in most Swedish courts. The Pirate Bay appeal is to be heard by three professional and two lay judges.
The lay judge, Fredrik Niemel
Charges of bias were filed by some of the record and movie companies that are plaintiffs in the case. Accusations of bias have been a recurring theme in The Pirate Bay case. The court is also looking at bias charges directed at two of the judges who will handle The Pirate Bay's appeal, scheduled for Nov. 13.
In June, the Court of Appeals found that District Court Judge Tomas Norstr
In April, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstr