NZ Judge Exits Kim Dotcom Case After Calling US 'The Enemy'

Law360, New York (July 18, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT) -- The judge in charge of the extradition case that could send Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to Virginia to face criminal copyright charges has stepped down after jokingly referring to the U.S. as “the enemy,” a lawyer for Dotcom said Wednesday.

Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey will be replaced by Judge Nevin Dawson, said Ira P. Rothken of the Rothken Law Firm, an attorney representing Dotcom and Megaupload in federal court in Virginia.

“We're disappointed because he was New Zealand's leading scholar on...
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