kaled - 11:51 pm on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
If the objective had been to ensure the judge understood the consequences of any judgement handed down, then this action would have been legitimate. However, it doesn't sound like this is what they attempted to do.
Depending on how the judge thinks, this could backfire spectacularly. For instance, he might now worry that in ruling against Viacom, he could be perceived as weak.