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Controversial alternative medicine advocate Kevin Trudeau is fighting to stay out of jail after encouraging his supporters to spam a judge. Trudeau is embroiled in a long-running legal argument with US consumer watchdog the Federal Trade Commission over disputed claims the drugs and treatments that Trudeau pushes offer relief …

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  1. Pirate Dave Silver badge
    Pirate

    Why can't the judge

    put him in jail permanently just for being Kevin Trudeau? That alone should be enough for a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

    1. MonkeyBot

      Good call...

      We can call it Contempt of Reason.

      I've got a list as long as my arm of people who should be done for that.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    There has always been

    One law for the judge and one for the people. What's the big deal here?

  3. John Dougald McCallum
    FAIL

    Contempt of Court

    Criminal contempt of court actually hinders the operations of the court. Examples of criminal contempt include a failure to produce evidence when subpoenaed, or threats to the judge, jury, or lawyers. Someone who yells at the judge, for example, could find him or herself accused of contempt of court.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Perverting the course of Justice?

    In the UK harassment of a Judge with the intent to influence the verdict would get you into very hot water.

    You would not only have harassment laws that Joe public could use but you would also fall foul of the contempt law (their relevance here being questioned at appeal) but you could also be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

    I think this guy is lucky he isn't trying this in the UK.

  5. Graham Bartlett

    "Contempt of court" only within court?

    Can't see that one working. Otherwise, what would be the charge against a jury member standing outside the court and offering to sell a transcript of the entire jury's conversation? He's lucky to only get away with that, and not with a charge of harassing court employees.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They can run...

    ...but they can't hide behind their PC monitor. Throw their worthless asses in the slammer for a year and see if they can buy a clue.

  7. kain preacher

    obstruction of justice

    He could be charged with obstruction of justice . I think thats the UK version pervert the course of justice

  8. Herby

    30 days?

    A nice start, but not enough. Better luck next time...

  9. corestore

    How can that be allowed?

    "This apology cut little ice with the judge, who held that Trudeau had acted in contempt of court and sentenced him to 30 days behind bars and a fine."

    I know nothing of Trudeau or the case, but... how in God's name can that be allowed in a so-called justice system? That is effectively - no, literally - making the *victim* the judge, jury, and prosecution. How can that be legal/consitutional?

    If the judge feels there has been a criminal contempt of court, let the facts be reported to the prosecuting authorities. They can then, if the evidence is sufficient, bring a prosecution before a DIFFERENT judge and jury!

    The notion that, in this day and age, a judge can effectively say 'He's pissed me off - lock him up!' is abhorrent.

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