RIAA Lawsuit Juror: "My Wife IS The Internet Guru"
There's been much debate over the recent RIAA vs Thomas lawsuit, as the defendant was sentenced to pay a fine of $222.000 for sharing 24 songs. Did the punishment really fit the crime? Wasn't the awarded sum just too much for a single mother of two who makes $36,000 a year? Was she really proven guilty? Apparently such things were not on the jurors' agenda.
October 12, 2007
First of all, Hegg admitted that it took the jury only 5 minutes to reach the guilty verdict and the rest of the time was spent in agreeing on how much to make her pay for each of the 24 songs. They finally settled for a $9,250 penalty per song. Initially, two of the jurors (the funeral home owner included) asked for the maximum $150,000 ($3.6 million), while only one juror supported the minimum $750 ($18,000).
The 38-year old Hegg, a married father of two admitted that his wife is the “Internet guru” in the family, while he has never been on the Internet. Looking at what he has to say, one has to wonder if the jury actually reached a verdict or just reacted out of spite. Here are several of Hegg's statements:
"She's a liar [...] I think she thought a jury from Duluth would be naïve. We're not that stupid up here,I don't know what the f*ck she was thinking, to tell you the truth."
"We wanted to send a message that you don't do this, that you have been warned."
Jammie Thomas already announced she was going to appeal the decision.