Cases

Case 36
Plaintiff: FA Kaz Falcion vs. Defendant: CPT James StarGazer
Case opened: February 27, 2010
Case closed: March 7, 2010
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Nature of complaint: Verbal Abuse
Location: #pbf channel on IRC

An incident occurred in the #pbf channel on Irc whereby James Stargazer told Kaz Falcion to "find a gun and blow your brains out all at the same time" which Kaz found offensive.

Verdict: As such this is a clear case of verbal abuse in breach of the Bylaws. As such James Stargazer is found guilty of the offense and according to the penalties stipulated by the bylaws has been issued a reprimand.



Case 35
Plaintiff: BGN Ray Djo vs. Defendant: FA Kaz Falcion
Case opened: February 5, 2010
Case closed: February 27, 2010
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case:
Nature of Complaint: Verbal Abuse, Harassment
Location of Incident: #rs_bar_and_grill

Incident: Kaz Falcion repeatedly referred to Ta'Re Djo as a "retard" or "tard."

Verdict: This is a clear case of verbal abuse. Calling someone a "tard" or a "retard" is offensive and is intended to be offensive. As such it clearly violates the bylaws' rules against verbal abuse. Therefore Kaz Falcion is found guilty of verbal abuse, and according to the penalties stipulated by the bylaws has been banned for two weeks from the site of the infraction (#rs_bar_and_grill). In addition, the Council of Justice finds that Falcion's verbal abuse of Stargazer and Ta'Re Djo was not limited in duration to one or two incidences, but spanned days and even weeks. Therefore the Council of Justice finds Falcion guilty of harassment, and according to the penalties stipulated by the bylaws he is placed on a six month probation. During this probation, any harassment of Captain Stargazer or Major Ta'Re Djo in any fashion will violate the probation and result in additional penalties.

Additional Remarks: On a more general note, the Council of Justice would like to explain the rulings it has just given. It has been alleged that #rs_bar_and_grill is "unofficial" in nature and therefore "anything goes" in this channel. The most recent explanation of that channel's status was given by Fleet Commander Michael Raven in his December 2009 State of the RS Address:

"First, let us address #RS_Bar_And_Grill. This has, and will always be a laid back channel where people can enter and pretty much talk about whatever they want. Typically this channel is not moderated, though in extreme situations there are Ops who police the channel and have the authority to kick/ban troublemakers. It can be said that sometimes things in the B&G get a bit out of hand, and while this may be true; ultimately it's supposed to be a place to sit back, relax, and just chat.

#Rebelsquadrons has been, and will continue to be, a semi-serious, fairly moderated channel. While MrBot will no longer Word Police everything said, outlandish bursts will be responded to harshly via the Ops involved in the channel.

Essentially, what I'm saying is that if you wish to remain in a channel where pretty much only RS business goes on, where you can chat with the FC or a FCO about something involving the RS, or just want to ask a general question; please feel free to stop by #RebelSquadrons. If you'd like to just sit and chill, speak frankly, and just hang out, the #RS_Bar_And_Grill is your destination. As always, please be respectful of other members, and if things get out of hand, please follow the PCoC appropriately to report any outstanding issues."

The Council of Justice interprets this statement to mean that #rs_bar_and_grill is in fact an official channel of the Rebel Squadrons, and that as such the bylaws apply to this channel. Raven made clear that all members should be respectful of other members, even including in #rs_bar_and_grill.

We are not concerned with crude behavior, innuendo, or cursing. It has been made clear that #rs_bar_and_grill is a laid back channel and that those things are not illegal there. However, blatant harassment is NOT acceptable in #rs_bar_and_grill or any RS public forum. The word in question in these cases is "retard" or "tard." When these words are used as labels for another member, it is verbal abuse that is not in substance any different from referring to another member with a pejorative racial slur. When these words are used repeatedly to label a member almost every time they attempt communication, that abuse has escalated into harassment.

The Council of Justice understands that some isolated issues of verbal abuse may crop up when tempers flare, and while these are unacceptable, they are more understandable. However, when verbal abuse becomes a norm and a member is given a label that they cannot shake, that becomes harassment, which will not be tolerated.


Case 34
Plaintiff: CPT James StarGazer vs. Defendant: FA Kaz Falcion
Case opened: January 15, 2010
Case closed: February 27, 2010
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case:
Nature of Complaint: Verbal Abuse
Location of Incident: #rs_bar_and_grill

Incident: Kaz Falcion referred to James Stargazer as a "retard."

Verdict: This is a clear case of verbal abuse. Calling someone a "tard" or a "retard" is offensive and is intended to be offensive. As such it clearly violates the bylaws' rules against verbal abuse. Therefore Kaz Falcion is found guilty of verbal abuse, and according to the penalties stipulated by the bylaws has been issued a reprimand.


Case 33
Plaintiff: CPT James StarGazer vs. Defendant: FA Joshua Hawkins
Case opened: January 15, 2010
Case closed: February 11, 2010
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Nature of Complaint: Verbal Abuse
Location of Incident: Rebel Squadrons' Forums

Incident: Joshua Hawkins referred to James Stargazer as a "tard" on the forums.

Verdict: This is a clear case of verbal abuse. Calling someone a "tard" or a "retard" is offensive and is intended to be offensive. As such it clearly violates the bylaws' rules against verbal abuse. Therefore Joshua Hawkins is found guilty of verbal abuse, and according to the penalties stipulated by the bylaws has been issued a reprimand.


Case 32
plaintiff: The RS vs. Defendant: CPT James StarGazer
Case opened: July 17, 2008
Case closed: February 27, 2009
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Nature of Complaint: Dereliction of Duty, HIER Violations
Location of Incident: Rebel Squadrons IRC Channels & Rebel Squadrons site

Judgement:
Initial – 2LT Nyine has been charged with numerous HIER infractions, as well as Dereliction of Duty. On July 17th, 2008 Nyine was banned from the Allegiance Battle Group, by unit commander: Admiral Raven; for an inability to work with or communicate with fellow members of the Rebel Squadrons. This unit ban was to include all ABG activities, including, but not limited to: website access, irc chat, and character “sims”. Shortly thereafter, 2LT Nyine made an attempt to circumvent the unit ban by participating in a character “sim” in the unit IRC channel (#ABG). At this time, the full extent of the unit ban was explained to 2LT Nyine, and he was made to leave the channel.
In a separate instance, an argument ensued between 2LT Nyine and Battler’s CO, in which 2LT Nyine implied to his CO that he had no right to tell him what to do. After this incident, 2LT Nyine was removed as unit XO.

Verdict:
Dereliction of Duty is a serious offense, which is defined as neglect – or repeated failure to carry out the duties of a command position. It is the opinion and judgment of the RSXO, Vice Admiral Hawkins, along with the RSFC, Fleet Admiral Falcion, that 2LT Nyine’s actions in this instance, a charge of Dereliction of Duty, warrants permanent expulsion from the Rebel Squadrons. On July 18th, 2008 2LT Nyine was expelled from the Rebel Squadrons by RSXO Vice Admiral Hawkins. Following this action, 2LT Nyine attempted to appeal this decision to the RS High Command. The appeal failed in a unanimous decision to enforce the expulsion. This appeal was finalized on the 22nd of July. The actions taken by then RSXO, and RSFC were well within the bylaws and "legal" at the time they bylaws were written.
Shortly after the failed appeal, several prominent members of the Rebel Squadrons, including those that were intended to be his club mentors, drafted a proposal for the reinstatement of 2LT Nyine. This proposal was presented to the newly elected RSFC: Rear Admiral Sconn. After reviewing the evidence presented, FC Sconn determined that 2LT Nyine’s expulsion was precipitated by a biased – baseless agenda and that the expulsion should be lifted. On the 27th of February, 2009 2LT Nyine was permitted back into the Rebel Squadrons, albeit in a limited role. Nyine was allowed to participate in the VSG or PSG, whichever he preferred, under the mentorship of a long time member, for a probationary period of 3 months. At the conclusion of his probationary period 2LT Nyine would be permitted to seek out any role in the RS that he so chose. On the 27th of May, 2009 the probation was removed and 2LT Nyine has been released as a full member of the Rebel Squadrons once more.

Personal Remarks:
The actions surrounding 2LT Nyine’s treatment as a member of the Rebel Squadrons has been deplorable, and a complete anti-thesis to what the Rebel Squadrons is supposed to stand for. This club was not enacted to be a babysitting service; however, no one is should be expelled for annoying habits, or immature behavior. Rather than make any whole hearted attempts at assisting this young man in his growth as a member of the club, charges and evidence was drummed up in order to “get rid” of him in the most expeditious manner. Furthermore, those members that had issue with 2LT Nyine, who were in a position of power, took matters into their own hands, rather than through the proper channel of the Council of Justice, in order to achieve a favorable outcome. This is after the COJ was utilized in a previous instance, and 2LT Nyine was not expelled then, as was wished by his detractors. It is the determination of this panel that 2LT Nyine, while not completely innocent in his actions, did not in any way deserve the punishment that was laid before him. The Rebel Squadrons stands for four principles, as was set forth by former Fleet Commander Castor Efrata-Landis: Honor, Integrity, Equanimity, and Respect. While it has been alleged that 2LT Nyine infringed upon these values, it is in fact the leadership of this club – those that should be the example for all other members to follow – that have not upheld the values that they were entrusted with upon achieving the positions of power that they held. This entire case has been a smear campaign with the ultimate goal of removing a perceived nuisance, rather than have the integrity to try and make a difference in this young man’s life. At this time, 2LT Nyine has been given a clean slate and is wished the best of luck in his future endevours as a full, and free, member of the Rebel Squadrons.



Case 31
Plaintiff: CPT James StarGazer vs. Defendant: FA Joshua Hawkins
Case opened: June 30, 2008
Case closed: July 1, 2008
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case:
Nature of Complaint: Abuse of Authority
Location of Incident: Rebel Squadrons IRC Channels & Rebel Squadrons site

Judgement:
2LT Nyine had multiple IRC bans enacted against him by various IRC channel administrators, in addition to VA Hawkins. The reasoning for these bans is that 2LT Nyine was considered a continuous nuisance to the channel population and multiple complaints had been logged against him to, mainly, VA Hawkins. In an act perpetrated in an IRC channel, 2LT Nyine took a comment made by VA Hawkins to be a personal attack and retaliated with a threat of complaining to the CoJ. In response VA Hawkins banned 2LT Nyine from that channel and the site.

Verdict:
Abuse of Authority is a very serious charge and should be dealt with as such. This is a case of near abuse of authority by the plaintiff and outright abuse of authority the defendant, to which he has plead guilty. The Plaintiff threatened to use the CoJ as a personal weapon in a matter that would bypass the CoC and would be for an issue needing to be dealt with personally. In retaliation, the Defendant used his position as the Rebel Squadrons Internet Officer to erect a site ban against the plaintiff which was selfish and self-serving. At this time, the site ban against 2LT Nyine has been ordered to be removed, and any IRC channel bans are left to the control of the channel administrators. VA Hawkins will have an official reprimand placed in his record, as well as the removal of ban privileged from the RS site. 2LT Nyine is hereby ordered to seek out a senior member of the Rebel Squadrons to act as a mentor, and any complaints from 2LT Nyine or against 2LT Nyine are to go through this individual. Please have this individual contact our council so that we know 2LT Nyine is abiding by this ruling.

Personal Remarks:
It is odd that the ability to ban a member be considered an abuse of the authority of the RS XO, who happens to also be the Internet Officer. Simply because he, as the IO, has the ability to physically ban any member he so chooses without using the ban system, regardless of any authority invested in his office by that of the FC. However, it is important to maintain a system of checks and balances in any type of government, including that of a gaming club such as the Rebel Squadrons. The ability to ban a member from the club in its entirety should be reserved as a right held by the FC and that office's designated agents. This is so that the decision to ban not be based on bias or personal vendettas, but on facts alone. Consider this notice that any member, who is not a member of the FC's designated agents, who knowingly uses the ban system, will have abuse of authority charges drawn up against him or her with much harsher penalties.


Case 30
Plaintiff: FA Michael Raven vs. Defendant: COL Kane "Kid" Dev Redron
Case opened: March 30, 2008
Case closed: April 22, 2008
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Jay Sweet - Suspended from the Rebel Squadrons for a period of one month (expires 5/22/2008) followed by seven months of probation (expires 12/22/2008) during which time he is ineligible for promotion or any position higher than Squadron XO.
Kane Redron - Reduced in rank to Commander, suspended from the Rebel Squadrons for a period of one month (expires 5/22/2008), followed by six months of probation (expires 11/22/2008) during which time he is ineligible for promotion or any position higher than Squadron CO.
Notes: Since this case involved the use of RS intellectual property and copyright infringement a formal complaint has been issued to the owners of freewebs.com (the host server of the defendants' website) explaining the situation.
This member was placed on probation.
Probation will end on November 22, 2008.


Case 30
Plaintiff: FA Michael Raven vs. Defendant: LJG Jay Sweet
Case opened: March 30, 2008
Case closed: April 22, 2008
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Jay Sweet - Suspended from the Rebel Squadrons for a period of one month (expires 5/22/2008) followed by seven months of probation (expires 12/22/2008) during which time he is ineligible for promotion or any position higher than Squadron XO.
Kane Redron - Reduced in rank to Commander, suspended from the Rebel Squadrons for a period of one month (expires 5/22/2008), followed by six months of probation (expires 11/22/2008) during which time he is ineligible for promotion or any position higher than Squadron CO.
Notes: Since this case involved the use of RS intellectual property and copyright infringement a formal complaint has been issued to the owners of freewebs.com (the host server of the defendants' website) explaining the situation.
This member was placed on probation.
Probation will end on December 22, 2008.


Case 29
Plaintiff: BGN Swifty Chapple vs. Defendant: COM David Vaughan
Case opened: March 15, 2008
Case closed: March 20, 2008
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Dismissed at the request of the plaintiff.
Disciplinary Actions: None
Notes: Swifty Chapple decided to seek out a more personal resolution to his problem with David Vaughan.



Case 28
Plaintiff: GEN Damon Lightwind vs. Defendant: CDT Hydronicle
Case opened: January 19, 2008
Case closed: February 27, 2008
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse
Disciplinary Action: Hydronicle is suspended from the Rebel Squadrons for a period of three months, followed by a six month probationary period. Suspension expires May 19, 2008; Probation expires November 19, 2008.
Additional Notes: None
This member was placed on probation.
Probation will end on December 31, 1969.


Case 27
Plaintiff: MAJ Jair Karredo vs. Defendant: MGN Ton Matty
Case opened: December 31, 2006
Case closed: January 11, 2007
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Verdict: Dismissed as a separate case. Absorbed into Case #26.
Disciplinary Action: None in this case. Refer to Case #26.



Case 26
Plaintiff: GEN Chris Horn "Kicks" vs. Defendant: MGN Rekio Corsair
Case opened: December 31, 2006
Case closed: January 11, 2007
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse
Disciplinary Action: Rekio Corsair was found guilty of verbal abuse toward Chris Horn, and others of Dagger Squadron, and has been issued an official reprimand.
Additional Notes: There were other parties involved: Rixar Kovani, Spokes Borran, and Ton Matty. In addition, case #27 was absorbed by this case since it was a complaint issued involving case #26. Additional Disciplinary Actions arriving out of this case: Spokes Borran and Ton Matty have both been issued an official reprimand for Verbal Abuse. Rixar Konani and Chris Horn were not found guilty of any disciplinary infraction.


Case 24
Plaintiff: MAJ Jair Karredo vs. Defendant: GEN Javin "Entropy" Ke'ylle
Case opened: July 7, 2006
Case closed: July 16, 2006
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Verdict: Case dismissed.
Disciplinary Action: No disciplinary action taken and case dismissed because the defendant is no longer a member of the RS.
Additional Notes: Non-RS or former RS members are not under the authority of the bylaws and cannot be tried by the Council of Justice. However, they also cannot appeal to the Council of Justice.


Case 23
Plaintiff: COM David Vaughan vs. Defendant: CDT
Case opened: February 28, 2006
Case closed: March 25, 2006
Executor: FA Dave Trebonious-Astoris
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Assault
Disciplinary Action: Mirei resigned rather than face judgment. The case against her remains should she ever attempt to return to the RS.
Additional Notes: RS members may not avoid a case by resigning and then rejoining the RS.

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Update: 2008-Jun-18

Nature of Complaint: Verbal Abuse
Location of Incident: Rebel Squadrons IRC Channel #RS_BAR_AND_GRILL

Judgement:
The initial case and judgement of 2LT Kasl/Seppen, from March 25, 2006 still stands as record. 2LT Kasl/Seppen was found guilty of Verbal abuse of David Vaughan. However, at the time, the member quit the Rebel Squadrons in order to avoid any judgment passed by this office. On the 14th of June, 2008 this member returned to the Rebel Squadrons under the moniker of Cotan Kasl. At such time this member repeated actions similar to what had transpired in March of 2006 with David Vaughan. On the 20th of June, 2008 2LT Kasl was banned from the #RS_BAR_AND_GRILL by the channel moderators for excessive crude behavior. Bans in other channels soon followed, until VA Hawkins, Josh under his authority as RS Executive Officer, banned 2LT Kasl/Seppen from the club in its entirety. This ban was deemed necessary in order to uphold the Mission Statement of the Rebel Squadrons by providing a fun environment to the RS membership, which the defendant was infringing upon.

Verdict:
It is the opinion of this Council that the ban of the defendant by VA Hawkins, and no subsequent appeals, will suffice as punishment for this case. This is an agreement in the punishment and not an endorsement of the manner in which the ban took place. At this time, 2LT Kasl/Seppen will remain as a banned member from the Rebel Squadrons under any current or future moniker that the individual joins under.

Personal Remarks:
This case is quite interesting in the fact that the defendant fled the RS initially in order to avoid punishment, only to return to the club two years later and falling into the same routine of verbal abuse. The Rebel Squadrons was founded on the principal that all are welcome so long as they are in this club to have fun – but not at others’ expense. That is why this member has been banned from this club. Kasl/Seppen knowingly abused several members of the RS for the purpose of personal enjoyment, even after several warnings and lesser bans in IRC channels.

As to the manner that Kasl/Seppen was handled recently, VA Hawkins is within his rights to enforce punishments upon members in order to uphold the peace of the club. However, it is requested by this council that consequences of such a serious and permanent basis be left to the Council of Justice.


Case 22
plaintiff: The RS vs. Defendant: 2LT Jace "Icer" Blackmoon
Case opened: June 27, 2005
Case closed: June 27, 2005
Executor: The Council of Justice
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Cheating, Excessively Crude Behavior, Dereliction of Duty, Abuse of Authority, Espionage, Insubordination, and HIER Violations.
Disciplinary Action: Expelled from the RS.
Additional Notes: Guilty of "spying" on both Imperial and Rebel clubs.
This member was permanently banned from the RS.


Case 21
plaintiff: The RS vs. Defendant: CDT Atror Skylighter
Case opened: December 20, 2003
Case closed: December 28, 2003
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Espionage
Disciplinary Action: Expelled from the RS, Not allowed to ever return.
Additional Notes: Admited Spying on the BBS, Refused to give names of anyone in the Spying Organizations.
This member was permanently banned from the RS.


Case 20
Plaintiff: FA Rahj Tharen vs. Defendant: GEN Sair Mandella
Case opened: April 29, 2003
Case closed: May 22, 2003
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse, Sexual Harassment, HIER Violations
Disciplinary Action: Permanent Ban from posting on the Rebel Squadrons Message Board and from being in the #RS_Bar_and_Grill channel.
Additional Notes: High Command later repealed the B&G ban (7/06/03).


Case 19
Plaintiff: COL Jeremiah Matthew vs. Defendant: VA Gavin Cantorph Kravis
Case opened: April 4, 2003
Case closed: April 10, 2003
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Not Guilty of Abuse of Authority
Disciplinary Action: None.
Additional Notes: None.


Case 14
Plaintiff: VA Kirghy Lommax vs. Defendant: LCM Cynna Jade Sunrider
Case opened: October 18, 2002
Case closed: October 24, 2001
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse, Discrimination, Excessively Crude Behavior, Insubordination
Disciplinary Action: Demotion, Temporary Ban from #RS_Bar_and_Grill, Special Orders.
Additional Notes: None.


Case 13
Plaintiff: FA Rahj Tharen vs. Defendant: LCM Kell Horn
Case opened: September 28, 2001
Case closed: October 4, 2001
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Excessively Crude Behavior
Disciplinary Action: Demotion, Temporary Ban from #RS_Bar_and_Grill, Probation.
Additional Notes: None.


Case 11
Plaintiff: FA Rahj Tharen vs. Defendant: GEN Sair Mandella
Case opened: March 28, 2001
Case closed: March 31, 2001
Executor: FA Rensal Darklighter
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse, Sexual Harassment
Disciplinary Action: Demotion, Probation, Suspension of Ops in #RS_Bar_and_Grill, Official Reprimand, Special Orders.
Additional Notes: None.


Case 5
Plaintiff: CMDR Kerian "Big K" Halcyon vs. Defendant: VA Trace
Case opened: November 3, 1999
Case closed: November 4, 1999
Executor: ADM Teke Daggerscout
Details of the case: Verdict: Case Dismissed
Disciplinary Action: None.
Additional Notes: None.


Case 4
plaintiff: The RS vs. Defendant: CPT Jewlicat
Case opened: October 31, 1999
Case closed: October 31, 1999
Executor: ADM Teke Daggerscout
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse
Disciplinary Action: Demotion, Official Reprimand
Additional Notes: None.


Case 3
Plaintiff: VA Trace vs. Defendant: MGN Gavin Phalon
Case opened: October 19, 1999
Case closed: October 26, 1999
Executor: ADM Teke Daggerscout
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse
Disciplinary Action: Official Reprimand
Additional Notes: None.


Case 2
Plaintiff: LGN Mike P. Bullian vs. Defendant: COL Elad 'Ambious' Avron
Case opened: October 17, 1999
Case closed: October 19, 1999
Executor: FA Dave Trebonious-Astoris
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse
Disciplinary Action: Official Reprimand, Special Orders.
Additional Notes: None.


Case 1
plaintiff: The RS vs. Defendant: ADM Castor Efrata-Landis
Case opened: October 13, 1999
Case closed: October 15, 1999
Executor: ADM Teke Daggerscout
Details of the case: Verdict: Guilty of Verbal Abuse
Disciplinary Action: Official Reprimand, Special Orders.
Additional Notes: None.


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