Santangelo in the WaPo: ‘Internet Illiterate’ Mom Sued Over Music Downloads [pdf]
The drain on her resources to fight the case — she’s divorced, has five children aged 7 to 19 and works as a property manager for a real estate company — forced her this month to drop her lawyer and begin representing herself.
“There was just no way I could continue on with a lawyer,” she said. “I’m out $24,000 and we haven’t even gone to trial.”
So on Thursday she sat alone at the defense table before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Fox in White Plains, looking a little nervous and replying simply, “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” to his questions about scheduling and evidence exchange.
[…] Her former lawyer, Ray Beckerman, said Santangelo doesn’t really need him.
“I’m sure she’s going to win,” he said. “I don’t see how they could win. They have no case. They have no evidence she ever did anything. They don’t know how the files appeared on her computer or who put them there.”