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Judge Says Arrest of "Chinese Democracy" Leaker Was Excessive

August 29, 2008 12:48 PM ET

In his hearing this week, a judge questioned the necessity of arresting Guns N' Roses leaker Kevin Cogill, calling it unnecessary. The man who posted nine songs from the previously unheard sessions for the forever-in-production Chinese Democracy was shown some leniency by the court as the presiding judge felt the proposed $50,000 bail was excessive and noted that a court summons would have been sufficient. Instead, as Cogill's girlfriend Shana told Rolling Stone, "They put him in handcuffs. They let me get him a shirt, and shoes without any laces before they took him away." Cogill has a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 17, and if he's found guilty of violating federal copyright law, he faces up to five years in prison.

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