Wednesday Night Open Thread
We're on tornado watch here, a big storm is about to unfold.
Some Kim DotCom news: The FBI may have fedexed clones of the MegaUpload computers to the U.S. against the instructions of a New Zealand judge. DotCom's lawyers say the FBI may have "gazumped" the Crown. (Is that like "hoodwinked?"
Also, Judge David Harvey at the Auckland District Court, who is handling the extradition case said in an order last week:
"the US is attempting to utilise concepts from civil copyright context as a basis for the application of criminal copyright liability".
Judge Harvey's 82 page order granted Kim DotCom and the other defendants access to a lot of the Crown's (read Feds') evidence. It also thoroughly discusses the extradition and says it is important to note, among other things, that extradition is being sought not just for the offenses specified in the treaty (like copyright offenses) but for offenses under the Transnational Organized Crime Convention of 2000, which is allowed under 101(b) of New Zealand's Extradition Act. But he says the criminal copyright charges are the "apex" of the U.S. case for extradition. He concludes with a three page list of items the Crown must disclose to the defendants.
Megaupload has filed a motion to dismiss the Virginia case on lack of personal jurisdiction -- it isn't in the U.S. and hasn't been served.
Kim DotCom and the other defendanats also filed lengthy motions yesterday seeking release of seized assets for attorneys' fees. A hearing will be held June 29.
Another federal judge rules DOMA is unconstitutional.
The Judge in George Zimmerman's case has set a new bond hearing for June 29.
That's it for me for a bit, this is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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