Judge Tomas Norström is a member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, and the Swedish Copyright Association, among others. He strongly denies that this influenced his decision in any way.
Now the Pirate Party is demanding that the trial be re-run with a different judge. Party leader Rick Falkvinge says that this is a case of inexcusable corruption and perversion of justice. Not only did judge Tomas Norström work for a foundation that also employed one of the representatives of the film business, but one of the investigating police officers involved in the trial went on to work for one of the companies involved before the trial was even over.
Sweden’s former Ombudsmen of Justice, Rune Lavin, says that he himself would not have taken the case in this situation and it is clear that Judge Tomas Norström should not have done so either.