CoJ Case 021
DB vs Cornix was the twenty-first case tried by the Chamber of Justice, and was one of the "Clone Cases" which resulted from the CoJ Clone Program. The sitting Justicar was Kir Katarn, the Left Hand of Justice was Angelo Dante, and the Right Hand of Justice was Daniel Goad.
Basic Case Information
After the Chamber of Justice dealt with several high-profile cloning cases, the Justicar determined that the Chamber should start a program to actively seek out clones on the roster and remove them. This was completed in the "CoJ Clone Program", a multi-step program done with the assistance of Praetor to the Seneschal Jac Cotelin. The first step of the program was the public "Clone Amnesty" program, which called for any members who had clones to report them to the Justicar, and no punishment would be handed down. The second step was a massive sweep of every recorded login to search for multiple dossiers which originated from single IP addresses, and discern which were due to cloning and which were due to ISPs, shared IPs, etc. The third step was Clone Amnesty Part II, in which all those who showed up on the clone match list were given a final opportunity to either explain the match, or plead guilty to cloning and receive a Letter of Reprimand. The final step was the prosecution of the members who appeared to be cloning, yet had not registered as a shared IP, or spoken up during Amnesty part I or II. The defendant fit this description, and was charged with Cloning. He failed to respond within the requisite time, and therefore a Trial by Justicar was initiated. The Justicar examined the collected evidence and determined the defendant was guilty, and sentenced him to a one rank demotion, a letter of reprimand, and three months probation.
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Posted By Kir Katarn - 10/16/2007
Chamber of Justice Communique #022a
On this day, October 16, 2007 of the Liberated Brotherhood, I the Justicar of the Brotherhood now announce the punishment that this Chamber lays upon Cornix, Drepo Mcarc, and Jason Hunter.
Cornix - upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, this Chamber finds on the Charge of Cloning - You knowingly and willfully created more than one Dark Jedi Brotherhood persona (Zontron). You have been found GUILTY.
Drepo Mcarc - upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, this Chamber finds on the Charge of Cloning - You knowingly and willfully created more than one Dark Jedi Brotherhood persona (Devor Wamel). You have been found GUILTY.
Jason Hunter - upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, this Chamber finds on the Charge of Cloning - You knowingly and willfully created more than one Dark Jedi Brotherhood persona (Krae'hi). You have been found GUILTY.
Sentencing for all three defendants is as follows:
- One rank demotion
- Letter of Reprimand
- Three months probation
The terms of probation are thus:
- The guilty parties may not receive promotion, appointment to position, or any citation or honor of merit without the explicit permission of the Justicar
Posted By Kir Katarn - 10/16/2007
Chamber of Justice Communique #022b Justicar's Opinion - The Cloning Cases (Cases 021, 022, and 023)
The Dark Covenant has listed cloning as a violation of the Articles of Conduct and Reprimand for several years. Over that time the Dark Council and Chamber of Justice have dealt with clones when they were brought forward to them. However, due to increasing competitiveness of Vendetta events and the potential for cheating, the Chamber of Justice determined that a program should be started to eliminate all clones Brotherhood-wide. The three cases above, 021 DB vs Cornix, 022 DB vs Drepo Mcarc, and 023 DB vs Jason Hunter, were all the result of this program.
After the initial "Clone Amnesty" program, a massive IP sweep, another Amnesty opportunity, and a more detailed investigation, these three members remained under suspicion of cloning. The Chamber of Justice gathered evidence and determined there was enough merit to warrant bringing forth charges of cloning against all three members. The members were charged but failed to respond to the multiple attempts at contact - therefore Trials by Justicar were initiated. The evidence for all three members showed numerous IP matches over a consistent period of time, which could not be explained by an ISP issue. Therefore, after consulting with the Hands of Justice, the Justicar determined that all three members were guilty of cloning.
Typically the penalty for cloning alone is fairly light, however all Brotherhood members were warned that any member found to have clones after the Amnesty program would be punished harshly. Therefore, the Chamber determined that all the defendants would be demoted one rank, given a Letter of Reprimand, and three months probation. This punishment will stand on record as precedent from this moment on - anyone discovered cloning after today will face these, or harsher, terms of sentence.
Points of Interest
While the three "Clone Cases" were all tried separately, they were all reported in Chamber of Justice Communique #022 with one Justicar's Opinion spanning all three cases. This was the first time this was done by the Chamber, but the similarity of the cases permitted a shared explanation.
None of the defendants in the "Clone Cases" replied within the 48 hours given after a charge notification, thus leading to their Trials by Justicar. This was noticed by the Chamber, and the issue was discussed after the cases had been concluded. While it was determined it would likely not have made a difference in these particular cases, in the interest of fairness the Chamber decided to extend the requisite response time from within 48 hours, to within 96 hours for all future cases.