Does the judge know the answer to the question? Does the judge care?
It's not really the job of the judge to care, he is supposed to uphold the law but I suppose risking the liberty of an employee is how you roll when your corporate ethos dictates that laws/litigation are “just a business negotiation being conducted in the courts.”--Eric Schmidt.
This isn't the first time a Brazilian court has threatened to jail a local googler, the first time a higher court over ruled an arrest so I think google probably feels pretty comfortable with the risk (I don't know how the local googler feels).
Msg#: 4499974 posted 12:24 am on Sep 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
I didn't mean care morally or emotionally. I meant, does the judge know or care whether the arrestee can have had personal responsibility in the act he's being arrested for? Not like "I wasn't there", which has to be proved in court. More like arresting the mayor because the city council did something illegal, without first finding out what the legal relationship is between the two. (I picked this example because in the US it can go either way-- but within any given city it's one way or the other.)