NZ Judge Overseeing Megaupload Case Steps Down

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

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