NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

July 18, 2012 -

The New Zealand judge overseeing the extradition of Kim Dotcom (the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload) has removed himself from the case after comments about the U.S. government being "the enemy" caught up to him. Last week at the NetHui conference in Auckland, Judge Harvey said that New Zealand had "met the enemy, and he is the US." The reference was related to how the U.S. handles copyright cases.

The media picked up on his comments which ultimately brought into question his ability to be impartial in the extradition proceedings which have been pushed to early next year. Yesterday the chief judge of the New Zealand district court announced that he had removed himself from the case and that a suitable replacement would be found.

It is a real shame because many consider Judge Harvey one of New Zealand's leading authorities on copyright and internet law. We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: GIGA OM


Comments

Re: NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

The idiot shouldn't have shot his mouth off about on ongoing legal situation.  Isn't that judging 101?

Re: NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

He didn't. He spoke about something in his field. He was just a decent judge enough to admit that it could look like his impartiality for the case was not evident and thus stepped down. He has just shown how good a judge he is and you blast him for it?

Re: NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

I guess the United States government got to him.

Re: NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

And the entertainment industry is patting the US government on the head going "Good dog.

Re: NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

Woof.  Pant, pant, pant.  Woof!

- Left4Dead Why are zombies always eating brains? I want to see zombies that eat toes for a living. Undead-related pun intended.

Re: NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

Ooooo they might not toss out the evidence.


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