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Retired Judge Joins Fight Against DOJ's 'Outrageous' Seizures in Megaupload Case

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posted on Jun, 13 2012 @ 10:05 PM
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Retired Judge Joins Fight Against DOJ's 'Outrageous' Seizures in Megaupload Case


www.wired.com

Abraham David Sofaer, a former New York federal judge, recently was presenting a paper at the National Academy of Sciences about deterring cyberattacks when he learned the feds had shut down Megaupload, seizing its domain names, in a criminal copyright infringement case.

Troubling him more than his paper on global cybersecurity (.pdf) was learning that the government had seized the files of 66.6 million customers as part of its prosecution of the file-sharing site’s top officers, and was refusing to give any of the data back to its owners.

“It’s really quite outrageous, frankly,”
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posted on Jun, 13 2012 @ 10:05 PM
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Sadly it's only a retired judge and not a sitting one, and on appointed by the peanut farmer at that, but I am sure a lot of people will agree with his sentiment.

In other recent news related to the case from New Zealand -


A Kiwi judge has overruled the wishes of the US Government and granted internet millionaire Kim Dotcom the right to information gathered by the FBI in the copyright case against him.

The US had stringently opposed the piracy-accused's application for "disclosure", citing its treaty agreements with New Zealand which meant the process was not mandatory.

In making his decision, in the Auckland District Court yesterday, Judge David Harvey said Dotcom's right to a fair trial was at risk if he was not given disclosure.
- from the stuff article linked above

Imagine that - a NZ judge tells the US that a fair trial is actually important - the cheeky bugger!!


www.wired.com
(visit the link for the full news article)


edit on 13-6-2012 by Aloysius the Gaul because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 03:45 AM
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The American Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authority, (ICE) which has given itself jurisdiction in the area of copyright infringement, is the archetypical fascist, rogue governmental institution. It is America's answer to Hitler's SS. It needs to be completely and immediately abolished.



posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 03:49 AM
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Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
Imagine that - a NZ judge tells the US that a fair trial is actually important - the cheeky bugger!!


New Zealand hasn't completely capitulated to the American government to the degree that Australia has, fortunately. If they wanted to get somewhere, they should have had the case held here instead. Our judges would probably give them whatever they wanted.



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