I think the aritcle you are referring to is this one from 2008 about a student handing out live CDs provided by the HeliOS Project.
The teacher in that particular case took a real beating on Slashdot and in the comments sections of the original HeliOS blogpost. In a follow up post, the author apologized for some of his stronger assertions (like implying that the teacher's dis-belief in free software had been influenced by monetary contribtions Microsoft had made to the NEA) and reported the teacher's side of the story, which had been missing from his initial post.
Both parties had been acting out of ignorance to a certain extent, but the simple act of communication allowed each to gain a better understanding of the other's perspective.
So maybe there's hope for the judge in this case, if someone from the hacker community would care to take the time to engage him.