CoJ Case 027
DB vs Krandon was the twenty-seventh case tried by the Chamber of Justice. The sitting Justicar was Kir Katarn, the Left Hand of Justice was Alexander Anderson, and the Right Hand of Justice was Astronicus Aurelius Sadow.
Basic Case Information
The Chamber of Justice received a complaint which indicated that Krandon may have been involved in plagiarism, in the form of a Clan competition submission. The Justicar investigated the claim, and found that the poem Krandon submitted to the competition was almost a carbon-copy (86% of content was a match) of "War Mood=Raw Doom", by Luis M. Avalos. The Chamber of Justice was convened, and Krandon was notified that he was being charged with plagiarism, and asked for his plea. He promptly plead guilty, and the Chamber discussed sentencing. Since it was a first offense, the Chamber followed precedent and gave Krandon an Official Letter of Reprimand and six months probation.
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Posted By DJM Kir Katarn - 3/7/2009
Chamber of Justice Communique #026a
On this day, March 7, 2009 of the Liberated Brotherhood, I the Justicar of the Brotherhood now announce the punishment that this Chamber lays upon Krandon Rowell.
Upon the conclusion of fair and just proceedings, this Chamber finds you:
On the Charge of Plagiarism -
You did willingly and knowingly copy the majority of a poem directly from another author's work (War Mood=Raw Doom, by Luis M. Avalos) and tried to pass it off as your own. You did not give proper credit to the original author, and you submitted it to an official competition.
The Chamber finds you GUILTY.
Sentencing for the party is as follows:
- Official Letter of Reprimand
- Six months of 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.
Posted By DJM Kir Katarn - 3/7/2009
Justicar's Opinion - 027 DB vs. Krandon
The Justicar received the initial complaint from a member who believed he had discovered plagiarism. He forwarded an email which included the Krandon's submission to a Clan competition. The submission was a poem, which appeared similar to "War Mood=Raw Doom", by Luis M. Avalos. The Justicar compared the poem submitted to the Avalos poem and found clear evidence of plagiarism - indeed 86% of the content was exactly the same.
After the Justicar had determined the complaint had merit, the Chamber of Justice was then convened, and the notification of charges was sent to Krandon. He quickly replied with a "Guilty" plea, and the Chamber of Justice then gathered to discuss sentencing. After examining precedent (specifically 012 DB vs. Tissaya and 014 DB vs. Ashura), the Chamber decided on a sentence appropriate for the violation, taking into account a first-time offense. Krandon was given an Official Letter of Reprimand and six months probation.
Some of our members may see this punishment as harsh - however the Brotherhood absolutely does not tolerate plagiarism. Our organization provides entertainment to our members in the form of competitions, and our members have an expectation of fairness. When members plagiarize material and submit it to a competition as their own, they violate the trust of the entire Brotherhood - and the Chamber of Justice will not brook such behavior.
Points of Interest
This case was basically the definition of "open-shut" - the plagiarism was clear, and the defendant immediately plead guilty. This case is important in that it continues to follow the established precedent for plagiarism cases in the Brotherhood. The first plagiarism case (012 DB vs. Tissaya) was similar - a first-time offender and a guilty plea - and the Letter of Reprimand along with probation punishment was given. The second plagiarism case (014 DB vs. Ashura) involved the submission of a plagiarized article to a competition and the defendant received the same punishment (with the added removal of a medal won for the competition). Therefore the sentencing phase of this case fell to the Chamber following established precedent - an important aspect of Brotherhood Law.
It should also be mentioned that in the case of plagiarism, recidivism is treated very harshly. Our only repeat-offender case (015 DB vs. Tissaya) resulted in a high-level equite demotion, additional Letter of Reprimand, and an entire year of probation. This follows our generally established policy of harsh treatment for recidivists.