CoJ Case 015

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DB vs Tissaya was the fifteenth case tried by the Chamber of Justice, and the second case with Tissaya as the defendant (see: 012 DB vs. Tissaya). The sitting Justicar was Kir Katarn, the Left Hand of Justice was Raken, and the Right Hand of Justice was Dacien "BubbaX" Victae.

Basic Case Information

Defendants Name

  • Tissaya


  • Plagiarism


  • Guilty


Case Summary

While auditing all of the courses in the Shadow Academy, an auditor discovered that several parts of the "Dark Jedi Meditation" course had been copied from other sources. This information was passed onto the Headmaster, who forwarded it to the Justicar. The Justicar initiated an investigation and discovered that more than half the course was taken from other sources which were not credited by the author. The Chamber of Justice determined that she should be charged with plagiarism, and a trial was initiated. The defendant did not respond to the charge notifications or requests to plea, and she was found guilty in a Trial by Justicar. This was the second time the defendant had been found guilty of plagiarism by the Chamber, and therefore as a recidivist she was subject to a harsher sentence. In this case the sentence was a one-rank demotion from Krath Pontifex to Krath Epis, removal of medals given for the course, a letter of reprimand, and one years probation.

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Posted By Kir Katarn - 7/15/2007

Chamber of Justice Communique #018a

On this day, Sunday, July 15, 2007 of the Liberated Brotherhood, I the Justicar of the Brotherhood now announce the punishment that this Chamber lays upon Tissaya Argat Sadow.

Upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, this Chamber finds:

On the Charge of Plagiarism -

You did knowingly and willingly copy much of the Shadow Academy course "Dark Jedi Meditation" directly from other authors works and tried to pass it off as your own. You did not give proper credit to the original authors, and you were rewarded for completing this task. You have been found GUILTY.

Sentencing for the party is as follows:

  • Demotion from Krath Pontifex to Epis
  • Removal of both Steel Cross' awarded for the course
  • Letter of Reprimand
  • One year probation

The terms of probation are thus:

  • The guilty party may not receive promotion, appointment to position, or any citation or honor of merit without the explicit permission of the Justicar
  • The guilty party must notify the Justicar if she rejoins a Clan
  • The probationary term begins with her return to active duty

Signed and Sealed in Justice,

Dark Side Adept Kir Taldrya Katarn

Justicar and High Protector of the Dark Brotherhood

Justicar's Opinion

Posted By Kir Katarn - 7/15/2007

DB vs Tissaya - Justicar's Opinion

The initial complaint was brought to the Chamber of Justice by the Headmaster. While auditing all the courses of the Shadow Academy, one of the auditors recognized portions of text from the Dark Jedi Meditation Course, and ran a Google search, which returned 100% matches on many segments of the course. He submitted this information to the Headmaster, who forwarded it to the Justicar. Just as a note for anyone thinking about our Statute of Limitations in this case, our statute limits the time to complaint from the moment of the event's *discovery*, not the actual date the event occurred. Since this event was just recently discovered, it does not violate our statute of limitations.

The Chamber contacted former Headmaster Kaiann to verify that Tissaya was indeed the original author of the course, which was confirmed. During the investigation, the Chamber determined that 59% of the course was in fact copied word-for-word from eight separate sources, none of which were credited by the defendant.

The Chamber notified the defendant that she was being charged with Plagiarism, and gave her 48 hours to plea guilty or not guilty. After the 24 hours had passed with no response, the defendant was reminded she had only 24 left to plea. After hearing nothing, an extension of 24 additional hours was added, however the defendant failed to reply after three full days of waiting. In accordance with the Dark Covenant Section 8.03G, failing to enter a plea results in an automatic Trial by Justicar and an a waive of the defendant's right to submit evidence on her behalf.

The Chamber reexamined the evidence in the case, and determined that the defendant was guilty of plagiarism. For sentencing, the archives showed the defendant had previously been found guilty of plagiarism. This made the current case a repeat offense, subject to harsher punishment. Therefore the Chamber decided upon a one-rank demotion from Krath Pontifex to Epis, removal of medals given for the course, a letter of reprimand, and one years probation for sentence.

Signed and Sealed in Justice,

Dark Side Adept Kir Taldrya Katarn

Justicar and High Protector of the Dark Brotherhood

Points of Interest

This case was the first time a member had been tried twice by the Chamber of Justice for a repeat offense. The Chamber debated on whether they should give harsher sentences for recidivism, or just treat each case as independent of all the others. It was determined that repeating a crime was a serious offense, and therefore the precedent was set that all future recidivists would receive harsh treatment. This came into play again in 020 DB vs. Ricco.