CoJ Case 013
Basic Case Information
- Dereliction of Duty
- Disreputable Behavior (Twelve counts)
- Cloning (Five counts)
- Guilty on all counts
- Stripped of all Medals and Awards
- Demoted to rank of Initiate
- Permanently expelled from the Brotherhood
Bane created webmail accounts very similar to those of the Grand Master and several other members, and used those accounts to request information from the Master at Arms through deception. He then used this information to login to the Grand Master's administrative functions and start vandalizing the system. The Deputy Grand Master was online at the time and noticed the changes, and notified former Grand Master Jac Cotelin, who owns the website hosting, who shut down the system to prevent further damage. The Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Justicar, and Jac Cotelin then worked to figure out exactly what had occurred, and discovered Bane's purposeful, deceitful behaviors, and tracked the webmail accounts and the GM admin login back to him. An Order of Advanced Incarceration was put into effect, and a detailed investigation was begun. After all the information had been gathered, the Chamber of Justice charged Bane with dereliction of duty, twelve counts of disreputable behavior, and five counts of cloning. A jury was convened, and the Right and Left Hands of Justice served as prosecutor and defense counsel respectively, and arguments were put to the jury. After carefully weighing the arguments, the jury unanimously found the defendant guilty. The Chamber of Justice then decided to pursue expulsion, and therefore, per the Dark Covenant, a sentencing jury was put together to determine whether the charges merited expulsion. The sentencing jury agreed, and the defendant was permanently expelled from the Brotherhood.
Related News Posts
News Post #1
Hacking Attempt: Jac is on it; Site Administration Disabled
Posted By GM Jac Cotelin - 4/21/2007 [1/1/1900 11:07:00 PM]
Tonight one of our members took control of Sarin's dossier and began to go on a spree of removing people from their positions and causing all around trouble in the database. Luckily, Halc noticed quickly when he was removed from DGM and I was around. I quickly shut down all modifications to the database but from my computer.
As to my current knowledge, there is no extensive damage to report. I have re-added those that were removed from their positions. I have located the source of the hacking attempt and will be working tonight to figure out how this person was able to get Sarin's password.
Until I have figured it out, all administration on the site is disabled. If you need something done that is urgent, please contact me.
News Post #2
All is well...pseudo-hacking update
Posted By GM Jac Cotelin - 4/22/2007 [1/1/1900 3:25:00 AM]
It's been a long night of plowing through script after script and log after log. I was very concerned that someone had found a way through the site security to just directly modify the database.
Luckily, that is not the case. The site was not actually "hacked." Rather, someone just found a clever way to steal some passwords. I will leave it to Kir and Sarin to eventually divulge all of the information. I just wanted to let you know that all is well.
Just to be safe, I am leaving the site administration turned off until I am certain of exactly what has been changed...and I want to make sure there aren't any more passwords that have been changed.
IMPORTANT: If you are in a leadership position CHECK YOUR DOSSIER. If your email address has been changed, then your dossier is compromised. I need to know about it...
- "grumbles something about having his exam study time taken away"
News Post #3
Posted By Kir Katarn - 5/9/2007
Chamber of Justice Communique #016a
On this day, May 6, 2007 of the Liberated Brotherhood, I the Justicar of the Brotherhood now announce the punishment that this Chamber lays upon Dark Jedi Knight Bane.
Upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, a jury of your peers finds you:
On the Charge of Dereliction of Duty: GUILTY
On the Charge of Disreputable Behavior: GUILTY ON ALL TWELVE COUNTS
On the Charge of Cloning: GUILTY ON ALL FIVE COUNTS
Sentencing for the party is as follows:
- As approved by a sentencing jury, you will be stripped of all medals and awards, demoted to the rank of initiate, and expelled from the Dark Jedi Brotherhood roll permanently, never to return.
Signed and Sealed in Justice,
Dark Side Adept Kir Taldrya Katarn
Justicar and High Protector of the Dark Brotherhood
Posted By Kir Katarn - 5/9/2007
DB vs Bane - Justicar's Opinion
Unbeknownst to the Dark Brotherhood leadership, Dark Jedi Knight Bane perpetrated a fraud upon the Master at Arms to gain control of several Dossiers, including that of Grand Master Sarin, and use that control to wreak havoc. On the night of Saturday, April 21, DJK Bane used information he had previously acquired by deceiving the Master at Arms to login as Grand Master Sarin. Once logged in, he abused the website administrative options that are linked to Grand Master Sarin’s dossier in an attempt to virtually take over the Brotherhood.
Deputy Grand Master Halcyon was online at the time and noticed his changed position. Halcyon quickly informed Former Grand Master Jac Cotelin of his removal from DGM. Jac acted quickly and shut down all administrative access from anywhere but his computer. Once the site was secure, we worked to track what had happened and discovered a pattern of deceitful and premeditated behaviors by Bane which extended over a long period.
Bane was charged with multiple counts of multiple crimes by the Chamber of Justice, plead not guilty, and was brought before a jury of his peers. The prosecution and defense both presented arguments, and when the jury finished it's deliberation, they had come to a unanimous decision that Bane was guilty on all counts. This was the first jury case the Chamber has had in several years, since Yacks was Justicar, and it allowed us to firm up our jury procedure, which was previously a hazy and unwritten area.
After the guilty verdict was handed down, the Chamber of Justice considered several sentencing options, and decided that expulsion would be the most appropriate course of action. The Dark Covenant requires that all expulsions be approved by a new jury, so a sentencing jury was composed to review the material and whether expulsion was appropriate. As with the trial jury, they came to the unanimous decision that expulsion was appropriate in this case.
Bane has committed some of the most extensive and horrendous crimes that a member could commit against this club and he did so in a premeditated manner, as he slowly began to set the plan into action over several weeks, and created his first clone an entire year ago. Our Dark Covenant does not contain these crimes specifically, but in reality Bane is guilty of treason and mutiny – he betrayed the trust and confidence of the club, and attempted to take over the Brotherhood. His case was a textbook example of our judicial process in action. It followed every step, including the rare jury trial, and executed it flawlessly. The jurors volunteered their time to serve the Brotherhood, and I thank them for that. In our trusting online community, deceit and fraud are two of the worst crimes - and the most harshly punished.
Points of Interest
This case was a confirmation and complete exercising of the process that the Chamber of Justice had put in place by this point. An event occurred, a complaint was received and investigation completed, charges were made, pleas were heard, a jury was convened, arguments were made, a verdict was given, a sentencing jury was convened, arguments were again made, and the sentence was confirmed. This entire process was completed without issue, which confirmed that the work done by all previous leaders had been successful, the Brotherhood's judicial system worked. Also this was the first time a member was expelled after the "Expulsion Jury" requirement was added to the Dark Covenant. This statute required the Justicar to convene a jury to examine the appropriateness of expulsion if that is the sentence he has chosen for a guilty defendant.
In addition, this case led to the addition of "Hacking" being added to the Specific Articles of Conduct and Reprimand in the Dark Covenant, now Article VIII, Section 8.06(o).