CoJ Case 025
DB vs Sashar was the twenty-fifth case tried by the Chamber of Justice. The sitting Justicar was Kir Katarn, the Left Hand of Justice was Angelo Dante, and the Right Hand of Justice was Vladet Xavier.
Basic Case Information
- Sashar Arconae
The Chamber of Justice received a complaint that a member had entered #scholae using an offensive nick. The particular choice of nick was a reference to a chain of harassment of several particular members of Scholae Palatinae. This harassment had been ongoing for several years, with multiple warnings and instructions given out to those who participated. After receiving this particular complaint, the Chamber of Justice investigated the situation and obtained logs showing a relatively new member of the Brotherhood had committed the harassment. This indicated that the member was most likely influenced by older members of his clan, and logs from #arcona showed that he was instructed on how to do so, and then encouraged to do so, by his Proconsul Sashar Arconae. The Justicar reviewed the Chamber archives and discovered that Sashar had already been given an official warning not to engage in anything harassment-related. The Chamber determined that the new member should receive an official warning, since it was his first offense - while Sashar should be charged with Harassment. After being notified of the charge against him, Sashar took several days before pleading, during which he worked with is Consul to arrange an agreement between Arcona and CSP to end all harassment between them. Then Sashar plead guilty to the charge, and the Chamber convened for sentencing. It was determined that while his actions in arranging the Arcona-CSP agreement were admirable, Sashar had still engaged in the persistent harassment of several Brotherhood members after being warned not to continue the behavior. Therefore he was demoted one rank and given an Official Letter of Reprimand, however his probationary period was shortened.
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Posted By Kir Katarn - 1/29/2008
Chamber of Justice Communique #024
On this day, January 29, 2008 of the Liberated Brotherhood, I the Justicar of the Brotherhood now announce the punishment that this Chamber lays upon Sashar Arconae.
Upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, this Chamber finds you:
On the Charge of Harassment -
You did willingly and knowingly continue the persistent harassment of several Clan Scholae Palatinae members, disregarding a previous warning from the Chamber of Justice to cease such behavior. The Chamber finds you GUILTY.
Sentencing for the party is as follows:
- Demotion from Obelisk Exarch to Prelate
- Letter of Reprimand
- Three Months 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
- Any further Harassment issues will be treated as recidivism and result in further sentencing
Posted By Kir Katarn - 1/29/2008
Justicar's Opinion - 025 DB vs Sashar
The Justicar received the initial complaint about a member of Clan Arcona who had joined the clan channel #scholae and used an inappropriate and insulting nick designed to demean a member of CSP. This was reported to the Chamber of Justice do to an ongoing pattern of this type of harassment which has been an issue for some time. The Chamber had already issued warnings to several members of Clan Arcona that any repeats of these behaviors would lead to disciplinary action.
The Chamber of Justice initiated an investigation of the situation, and acquired the logs which indicated a new member of the Brotherhood had committed the act. This led the Chamber to suspect he was told to do so by another member of his clan, and backtracking in logs of #arcona indeed showed that Proconsul Sashar Arconae had instructed and encouraged the new member to participate in this ongoing harassment. The Justicar's records also showed that Sashar had been one of the Arcona members directly warned not to participate in any further harassment.
Since it was his first offense and he was new to the club, the Chamber issued the new Arcona member a warning with instructions to avoid future harassment incidents. However, by instructing and encouraging the member to commit this harassment Sashar had violated the terms of his prior warning. Therefore the Chamber of Justice charged the Proconsul with Harassment.
The defendant took several days to consider the issue before pleading to the Chamber. In that time he approached his Consul and worked towards an agreement between the leaders of Arcona and CSP which will hopefully prevent these harassment incidents from continuing. The defendant then plead guilty to harassment. The Chamber convened and discussed the incident, and determined that while Sashar's actions in the Arcona-CSP arrangement were admirable, they do not overcome the fact that he ignored a prior warning and continued the persistent personal attacks against members of the Brotherhood. The Chamber determined that sentence would be a one rank demotion, an Official Letter of Reprimand, and probation. Due to his actions with the Arcona-CSP agreement, the Chamber determined to reduce the length of his probation to three months.
Points of Interest
This was a fairly standard case - the only subject of interest is the difference between IRC Guidelines and the Articles of Conduct in the Dark Covenant. The harassment in this case took place on mIRC, which falls under the purview of the IRC Guidelines setup by the Chamber of Justice. These were setup as a guide to behavior for all members and operators while in Brotherhood channels, and are typically the standards used in channels such as #db. The only "punishments" stemming from the IRC guidelines are warnings, kicks, and bans - as in any IRC channel. However, Harassment is contained within the Dark Covenant, specifically Article VIII, Section 8.06. Therefore if a member uses IRC to commit acts of persistent harassment, then he can be charged with violating the Harassment clause. The point being that the IRC Guidelines do not interfere with the Chamber's jurisdiction, they are merely standards for behavior in Brotherhood channels.