I was able to speak with a member of the plaintiffs' team, who agreed with the Globe's characterization of Judge Gertner's statements at the hearing. And my source provided me with perhaps the most shocking scoop of the proceedings: Tenenbaum's counsel Charles Nesson, who wore a Steve Jobs-esque black turtleneck every day of the trial last summer, today donned a tie.
Judge Nancy Gertner took the matter under advisement but was openly sympathetic to Tenenbaum, a 26-year-old doctoral student in physics, who sat with his legal team in the courtroom.
"I'm not saying it was wrong to bring the case ... or to hold people's feet to the fire" for copyright infringement, Gertner told [plaintiffs' attorney Tim] Reynolds. But she asked, "Is there another case in the galaxy that's held up damages to that degree?"
Update: I also recommend this report from the National Law Journal.