[free-sklyarov] Re: Continuing the fight

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Sun Dec 16 23:23:24 PST 2001



No one in the US Judicial System is requrired to testify against 
themselves in a criminal matter.  And no Laywer I've seen is gonna 
encourage putting the defendent on the stand to testify that they 
committed the accused acts leading to a 25 year jail sentence.

How much do we want to twist this and pretend that this wasn't a high 
stakes felony offense where Dmitry was charged with those actions, actions 
defined as felony violations of the DMCA according the the Grand Jury and 
the Court.  If they weren't viewed by the court as criminal actions, then 
why wasn't the case dismissed by the judge?

This was no small time civil matter here where defendents run up to tell 
their stories.  This was innocent until proven guilty, major felony.

>> That's absolute nonsense. First of all, he has conceded nothing to the
>> other side, other than his testimony of the facts -- testimony that 
>> would
>> be identical to that given for the defense.

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