Judicial Corruption Common in Sweden

It has come to the attention of the media that during the recent, highly publicized Pirate Pay trial the judge was a member of an organization working against the Pirate Bay. Now, I’m no big fan of the leeches who steal other peoples work, but this is clearly a gross corruption of the judicial process. The only sane thing to do is for the trial to be rendered illegitimate, and then schedule a new one with objective participants.

Sadly, this series of events is nothing new in Sweden, which suffers from a highly politicized judicial system. First off, we don’t have citizens as jury members. Rather, we have political party members. According to law professor Christian Diesen, a large number of these view their assignment as a political one, thus infusing what is supposed to be an impartial process with party politics.

Secondly, we have a very high degree of tolerance for deviant behavior from judges. Leif Thorsson, for instance, was sentenced to buying sex from an under-aged victim, yet is still allowed to remain in the Swedish Supreme Court. Incidentally, Thorsson has been personally involved in a number of cases in which the highest court has used its influence to shorten the predicated average punishment for…… you guessed it, sex crimes.

To avoid being regarded internationally as a judicial pariah, and to retain any sort of domestic faith in the legal system, we need to have higher standards for judges than we do for everyone else. Instead, it seems, we have a lower standard for judges than for your average citizen. Something is rotten in the state of Sweden, as Marcellus might have said.

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~ by Escaping Perdition on April 24, 2009.

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