A Statement Regarding Romine v. Stanton

As some of you know, the lawsuit against me is continuing. James Romine amended his complaint to comply with the judge’s request that he either seek a lawyer to pursue a suit against me on behalf of Digital Homicide, or amend the lawsuit so it is not about the LLC he tanked by attempting to sue hundreds of anonymous people on the Internet.

Romine has taken the latter option, and continues to not only accuse me of libel, but of directing criminal harassment against him. Such evidence of this “direction” includes Operation Cleanlight, a program I instated to highlight good games on Steam Greenlight and talk about why I find them appealing. It also includes The Steam Cleaner, a comedic vigilante alter-ego in a leather plague doctor mask that I introduced while talking about underhanded cottage markets in Steam’s Greenlight community.

It is my personal opinion that – of those portions of the amended lawsuit we may deem comprehensible – the charges are convoluted and possess such an intense degree of flimsiness, no word currently exists to convey quite how flimsy they are.

According to what one can yank from the tangled mess of words and poorly scanned images, James Romine wants $15,326,000. All I’ll say to that is this:

When this is all over, I’ll consider reimbursing you the $1.00 a month you claim to give me on Patreon in order to “prove” I do business in Arizona.

John
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John

Literal actual crazy person James Romine: “He said people shouldn’t buy games from me because I make bad
games.”

Jim Fucking Sterling Son: “Your Honour, I present a laptop containing the Slaughtering Grounds.”

Rabid baboon man James Romine: “As you can see, there are a variety of maps, guns and enemies I bought from an asset store with my own money.”

If you want a taste of Romine’s genius intellect go here and listen for a couple of minutes: youtu (dot) be/zhjXfAikKaY?t=48m11s

CyanManta
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CyanManta

And, as my brother rightly points out, the gunshot sound effect is just fine.

Sam
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Sam

There are a lot of strange people in the world.
I’m genuinely fascinated if there is something diagnosably wrong with his noggin, or if it’s just major personality issues. And if the latter, what happens in one’s development to result in that.
It could be that now that his publisher has crumbled around him, he’s just clinging to Jim Sterling as the most visible aspect of his crooked business’ obstacles, and now feels that the only way to take control of his life back is to defeat Jim in some way.

George
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George

Good luck Jim! I hope for your success.

And I want you to know that the content that you (and staff) produce gives me a great deal of joy, happiness and thought provoking enrichment. Especially if I’m starting to fall into an episode of depression. Your show gives me a way to stop ruminating and break out of it.
I don’t always agree with everything you say but I have great deal of respect for you as an artist and writer. Thank you.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Is this guy representing himself or does he have a lawyer? I can’t see any lawyer that wouldn’t put a hand on his shoulder and sternly say ” stop now, think, there is nothing for you at the end of this road. As your lawyer and begrudging acquaintance, it is in everyone’s best interest if you could please just
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Appretaur
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Appretaur

I think it’s more apt to repost an Apollo Justice quote from the most recent Ace Attorney game verbatim:

“If anyone needs to learn to ‘let it go and move on,’ it’s this guy.”

Caven
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Caven

He’s representing himself.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

I can only imagine what this feels like for you Jim. And to that end, I think I figured out the perfect analogy.

Welcome to Mr. Bone’s Wild Ride! THE RIDE NEVER ENDS.

Becky Hopkins
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Christ, he just doesn’t know when to cut his losses and give up, does he?

Benj
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Benj

From the DigiHom interview:

Sterling: You owe it to yourself to maybe let this go.

Romine: NO! I don’t have to let shit go!

…yeah

qorl123
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qorl123

Well I feel even less sorry for him now

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Was that really in there? I don’t remember it, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Benj
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Benj

It was towards the end so I definitely don’t blame you for not remembering it. I had to listen to the “interview” thing in 3 seperate sittings to get through it without getting depressed.

Anton
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Anton

Speaking of losses, how is he managing to keep the clown show going for so long?

09philj
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09philj

Loan sharks.

RedWolf
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RedWolf

Wouldn’t surprise me. He’d probably try and sue them for harassment and emotional distress when they come round demanding their money.

Benj
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Benj

James Romine is probably the only person in the world with a poorer understanding of the American legal system than Donald Trump.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

and also shares the same irrational and dogged determination to “win”.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

For people like that, they ignore the “Pyrrhic” part of “Pyrrhic victory”.

qorl123
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qorl123

Speaking of which, did trump really say the judge’s ruling on his decree will be overturned, somehow?

Benj
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Benj

No, he decided to sit down and think calmly and reflectively about the situation before consulting with independent experts before offering a cautious and measured response…

Is it possible to overdose on sarcasm?

TJ Barke
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TJ Barke

Leonard French on youtube has some good rundowns on this stuff.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

For those interested:

https://www (DOT) youtube (DOT) com/watch?v=m0_Kio4XcYE

b-rom
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b-rom

I second that. You should all check out Leonard’s videos on this, as well as some of his others on copyright law and the lawsuits that it produces. I appreciate what he does, and want to see him do well.

Talib Zeine
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Talib Zeine
To quote Denzel Washington in his statement on fake media, “We live in a society now where it’s just first, who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true. Just say it, sell it.” The Romines accused Jim of doing this exact thing to their person, when in ironic reality, they did it to Jim for reporting the truth. Romines are basically that kid in 3rd grade, who steals the lunch money out of your coat, announces he did it to everyone, laughs and smirks… Read more »
Helavatar
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Helavatar
The best part is that it isn’t Romaines but Romaine. James Romaine didn’t have the support of his brother on this case. And this made the case more suspicious. Leonard French pointed this out in his overview. Because James Romaine sued Jim personally not as DHS but he claimed that ALL the “damage” Jim did to DHS was inflicted to his person. So go figure. And now judge told Romaine that he has to prove that DHS LLC is his alter ego. I also liked the bit where judge explained why someone would set up an LLC rather than other… Read more »
Lloyd
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Lloyd

Hard for me to believe that James didn’t have his brothers support on this, even if he’s officially part of the lawsuit. In one of Jim’s videos on DigiHom, he said that Robert personally called him with a “non-threat” of litigation and that his brother was on board with it. Even if not true, I’ve heard the “interview” with Robert and to say he’s not a voice of reason would be the understatement of the millennia.

Film Runner
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Does the central thrust of his argument still rely on appealing to state laws in a federal court?

marvelator
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marvelator

Honestly I’m surprised that Digihom had the nerve/testes to bring this whole thing this far. ‘Someone said something I didn’t like so I’ll sue them’ sounds like the kind of thing someone says while monumentally drunk, but apparently the Romines decided to keep the charade going even after they sobered up.

Talib Zeine
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Talib Zeine

It doesn’t take balls to run up a lawsuit that ultimately goes no where but the bucket, it takes a sheer and uncompromising lack of intelligence.

marvelator
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marvelator

Let’s settle on saying that it probably takes liberal amounts of both.

Talib Zeine
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Talib Zeine

We can settle on the Romines being as dumb as tits on a bull are useless.

marvelator
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marvelator

Hear hear!

Benj
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Benj

I think it takes just as much balls to publicly admit that you were wrong and apologise with dignity… it also takes brains and integrity which DigiHom clearly don’t have.

Sam
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Sam

I don’t think nerve had much to do with it, I think he’s just one of those people who never really learned and accepted how the world works, and now moves through life believing A) he’s always the righteous one, and B) since he’s righteous everything will always work out for him in the end.
There are a surprising lot of people like him in the world. I don’t know what produces them save for being brought up in a highly privileged, walled-off environment.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I don’t think it should be that surprising they’re pretty much the ultimate example of ‘small name, big ego’

Gendreavus
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Gendreavus

And here I thought the circus act was over! I know you’ve been advised to be a bit tight-lipped on this whole business Jim; is there anywhere we can go to follow the proceedings ourselves, or is this still the best place?

Nitrium
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Nitrium

It’s all public record. You can just Google the case (I won’t post exact links since that might annoy Jim).

Molly
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Molly
I knew he was going to refile and not let it go, but… he’s not amending anything else? Really? I’m starting to feel bad for laughing at his stuff at this point; clearly he must have some sort of mental issues if he’s not only opting to continue, but to continue with the “no legal representation” route. I mean, come on, at this point I’m sure Jim has enough “enemies” that would love to see Jim lose this case to the point that they would want to fund the lawyer… does he not know how to find the right people?… Read more »
Drake Warnock
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Drake Warnock

If I recall he tried to start some kind of crowdfunding campaign but that fell through for obvious reasons.

Mark Davenport
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Best of luck to you Jim!

I just hope giving a statement won’t be used against you in court.

Jim Sterling
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Considering I’m more than happy to use this statement myself in court, it’s not a problem.

I would say all of this before a judge, after apologizing profusely for the whole case wasting a professional’s time.

Talib Zeine
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Talib Zeine
Jim, I just wanted to wish you luck and the best. I also hope that you look into your own safety in the aftermath of this event. I’ve personally witness a frivolous lawsuit just like this one get destroyed in court. After the chips hit the table, the man’s wife divorced him, took the kids, the house, everything. He blamed the man he wrongfully accused, and planned a premeditated murder but thankfully the police were on to him. I’m not saying this will happen, I hope it NEVER comes to that, but please look out for yourself and your family.… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

PLEASE review Mass Effect Andromeda!

MJC
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MJC

Why would you think you need to ask a game reviewer to review one of the year’s most major releases? What on earth makes you think he’d skip it?

diamond
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diamond

He hinted he might in one of the PQ episodes.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I imagine it’s gotta be a LITTLE tempting to reiterate the offer to let them cry if they stop — in court — but I respect your professional restraint.

Caven
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Caven

Never apologize for something that is somebody else’s fault. It implies at least some measure of responsibility for someone else’s mistake, and James Romine would probably try to use it to “prove” that you somehow did something wrong. Besides, it isn’t really a waste of time if a failed lawsuit makes other developers think twice about filing frivolous lawsuits. If nothing else, you’ll basically be recognized as Jim Fucking Sterling, son.

Lysere
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Lysere

I’m hoping that somehow, Jim will be able to get the judge to call him that. Like you’ll read the records years later and it’ll be there in print.

Jim Fucking Sterling son.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow
The scariest thing about this clown and his brother is that they believe they are completely in the right. Remember that kickstarter they tried to get legal fee money with? People were like “how could these asshats actually think that would work?” Because they think that anyone who disagrees with their practices is one of Jim’s fans coming to attack them. In the insane world they’ve constructed in their minds the entire world agrees with them. I swear to god that coupled with the fact that they have no fucking idea how the legal system works leads me to believe… Read more »
Nitrium
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Nitrium

That’s still up! They have $450 now.

The Outsider
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The Outsider

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m kind of glad he continued this instead of stopping it. We all know how this is going to end: With one very embarrassed broke d-d-d-developer.

Thom
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Thom

Just think how much time and money Romine could’ve saved if he had taken a few more game development courses. Opportunity costs, people.

The Outsider
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The Outsider

That’s assuming he would actually take anything valuable away from those courses. Considering this is the path he’s chosen for himself, I have my doubts it would’ve benefited him in any way whatsoever.

Thom
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Thom

Well, true enough. There’s plenty of scammy sounding online courses and he’d probably open his wallet for all of them.

Adam Robert Sherman
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Adam Robert Sherman

Apparently, one of DH’s last efforts, Dungeons of Kragmar, Jim actually enjoyed.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

From what I’ve read though beyond the initial effort they didn’t do much more with it.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

On GoG, I wound up there for some reason to read about this, one person quoted them from a public statement.

According to it: They put real effort into Kragmor, and it was the least profitable game they ever released. Despite mixed positive praise and a lot less shit-posting after Jim’s pleasant reaction. It’s failure was one of the driving factors behind the lawsuit actually being brought to court, since their reputation was “irreparably ruined” by Jim and other people. They could, quite literally, only make money by selling zero-effort games.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

As has been said, they released a statement saying “We tried making a good game, it didn’t work, therefore you’re all stupid for telling us not to make shovelware”.

I don’t know if InfamousDS is right that that failure led to the lawsuit, but that was definitely the point where they threw their hands up and just churned out as much crap as possible to generate Card Farming revenue.

qorl123
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qorl123

I think the only money romine spent was 400 bucks

Yaster Goodman
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Yaster Goodman

Through all of this, I can’t help but think of that time one of these guys said he has a kid.

There is no justice.

Molly
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Molly

I know… I think about it too sometimes. It’s depressing thinking about how someone with so little common sense is attempting to raise a child. 🙁

“Remember, Billy, if someone at school says they don’t like your crayon drawing and tells someone else they don’t like it, always threaten the fuck out of them, all of their friends, and tell the teacher that somebody needs to kick him out of school repeatedly until something happens”

diamond
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diamond

Three kids actually, I hope his wife divorces him and takes full custody.

Talib Zeine
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Talib Zeine

I believe his wife was the one who pushed and coached him into pursuing a lawsuit.

Wild dogs roam in packs.

diamond
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diamond

Then I hope those kids get taken away from those two by DCFS.

qorl123
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qorl123

Come on man, that’s a bit harsh

Jasper Theo
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Jasper Theo

There’s a “bitch” joke in there somewhere…

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

*raises eyebrow* where did you get that info from? Much as I hate the Romines at this point, there’s no need to make shit up about them…

no name
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no name

He even knows the Steam Cleaner? Must be a huge fan.

Alex Wheatley
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Alex Wheatley

I really want to know how – how on earth – he’s detached himself from Digital Homicide LLC (which he must have done to have refiled without legal representation), but he’s *still* trying to claim $15m all on his own – indicating that James Romine has personally suffered every penny of loss himself, and neither his company nor his brother actually got harmed.

Yeah…this will probably take Jim’s legal team an afternoon to tear apart.

Deena
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Deena
Just Some Guy
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Just Some Guy

Haven’t you retained a lawyer to deal with all this from the start? In which case, why not counter-sue to get reimbursed the costs associated with this frivolous lawsuit?

Caven
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Caven

That would just cost him more money to get a payout that James Romine probably won’t be able to pay.

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

15 mil? you can tell just by the amount he is asking that this dude doesnt have an ounce of common sense.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Jesus, why is anyone taking those guys seriously? They are nobodies and are in the wrong. Case closed.

Jim Sterling
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I’m Jim Sterling in the sheets, James Stanton on the streets.

I don’t know what that means.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

It means you one bad mofo out for vengeance. *cue 80s’ show theme*

BAH!
Guest
BAH!

A rogue cop with nothing to lose!

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Damn it, Jim! You can’t keep going after these lowlife developers all the time! I don’t care if you can cover your ass, you’re rocking the boat. You listen to me, Stanton. You’re too much of a wild card, and I don’t like it!

Артемий Андреев
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Артемий Андреев

You forgot “the mayor is on my ass”

Caven
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Caven

You wear togas and stay on the sidewalk, maybe?

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Eh, it means what we want it to mean.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

On another note, isn’t it weird that “Jim” is apparently short for “James”? I mean, where does that “i” come from? Shouldn’t it be “Jam Sterling”? Well, that either sounds like a breakfast product or a porn star.

DrunkenLoliTankCommander-chan
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DrunkenLoliTankCommander-chan

Everyone needs a secret identity.

Andrzej Sugier
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Andrzej Sugier

Is this 15 mil supposed to be lost sales and personal harm? Boy, the Romino Bros think highly of themself, if it wasn’t already obvious

Alex Wheatley
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Alex Wheatley

If it’s anything like the original filing, it’s several million for lost sales (calculated by extrapolating their month-one growth linearly for, like, a year, and assuming they’d be able to keep their prices at the original $10-15 they were before this all started), a few million for physical and emotional damages (i.e. the pain and loss he’s suffered from being a hackjob game developer) and a few million in “punitive damages”, which is legalese for “extra we add on just as a punishment”.

MM
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MM

“extra we add on just as a punishment”.
You mean deterrent.

Alex Wheatley
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Alex Wheatley

Both, actually. It’s partly to punish the defendant (punitive means “intended as a punishment”), and partly to deter others from the same course of action.

MM
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MM

So it’s not “just as” : )
But yea, it’s both.

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