Judicial Board Decision
The Judicial Board has rendered their decision today and it becomes effective immediately. Congratulations to Jamie Arron and Aaron Beale!
You can read the whole thing below if you want but the relevant paragraphs are 5, 6, and 7:
5. For the reasons that follow, I would maintain four of the six fines levied against Mr. Arron by the Elections Committee. Specifically, I find that both fines regarding Mr. Arron’s use of four seconds of footage from a ‘Brains for Change’ video were improperly levied, and cannot stand. While the first of the two ‘Brains for Change’ fines was not appealed to the Elections Committee, I find that the DSU’s By-laws give the Judicial Board the jurisdiction to consider this fine nonetheless. As will be explained, I would overturn this fine based on my finding that copyright in the ‘Brains for Change’ footage never passed to the DSU. Accordingly, it was not a DSU resource, such that no fine could be levied on this basis for its use.
6. With regard to Mr. Beale, I would overturn the twenty-nine fines in respect of the handbills posted in Howe Hall, and replace them with a single fine for negligence in relation to campaign material. I would also overturn the fine for post-campaigning levied in relation to these handbills. I would maintain the other fines levied against Mr. Beale. As will be explained, I would overturn these fines based on my conclusion that Mr. Beale had no involvement in the posting of these handbills in Howe Hall. While candidates must be responsible for taking proper of their campaign materials, I find that this care ought to be limited to the realm of reasonable foreseeability. The amount of fines levied against candidates should not be determined by way of the actions of independent parties beyond the control of campaigns.
7. In light of these findings, Mr. Arron and Mr. Beale will be reinstated as candidates in their respective races. Seeing as both garnered the majority of votes in those races, I would also declare them the winners of the races for DSU President and DSU Vice President (Academic and External), respectively.