Retrial Sought for RIAA Defendant

Jammie Thomas, the woman recently found guilty of piracy, and her attorneys filed a motion yesterday for a retrial on the grounds that the $222,000 total penalty issued to her is so excessive that it is unconstitutional.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits courts from imposing excessive fines.

Thomas' attorneys argued that the maximum value of the songs she shared is $150 USD (.06% of the fine,) as the record labels typically get 70 cents on the dollar cost of each song. They claim that anything above that amounts to punitive damages. still accepts donations to assist in her case, and as of October 13th, donations reach almost $14,000 USD.

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