SCEA Accuses Hotz of Avoiding, Withholding in Jailbreaking Case

According to new court documents filed by Sony Computer Entertainment America, the company is alleging that PS3 jailbreaker George "Geohot" Hotz has "decamped" to South America to dodge court hearings. The company also alleges that Hotz deliberately removed undisclosed data from hard drives and other devices a California court ordered him to hand over to a third-party for inspection and data collection.

From the court documents:

"Though the evidence establishing personal jurisdiction is already overwhelming, SCEA has little doubt that there is much more. However, over the last several weeks. Hotz has engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn –regardless of whether the Court has ordered such discovery or not. Most seriously, after Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral. Hotz’s attempts to dodge this Court’s authority raise very serious questions."

The document goes on to say that when SCEA requested that Hotz turn over the data he removed from the hard drives, his attorney said that he was "in South America."

You can read the entire document here (PDF).

Source: VGHQ by way of C&VG

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    kurifu says:

    You are right, turning over the files is his responsibility (within resonable means) and now that more information has been uncovered, it turns out those files were in fact turned over and Sony was simply misrepresenting themselves using normal legal BS in an attempt to slander the defendant.

    My previous statement wasn’t to say that it was OK should any of Sony’s claims be true, it was moreso to point out the fact that we shouldn’t necessarily believe what Sony’s legal department is claiming. 

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Whether or not he was "just visiting," he had to obey a court order to turn those files over.  When the time came to do so, he was out of the country.  The last time I checked, that’s not a legal defense.

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

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    kurifu says:

    Some research shows that the "decamping to South America" might be a bit trumped up, and that geohotz may have just been visting. It wouldn’t be like Sony to exaggerate a claim… or any plaintiff really. This is a product of the shotgun approach to civil cases in our legal system; we should bear in mind that this information greatly lacks in context.

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