Judge David Harvey Quits Kim Dotcom Case

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Judge David Harvey is the judge that was overseeing the Kim “Dotcom” Schmitz. Harvey is now stepping down after making comments that the United States was the “enemy” during a copyright discussion at an Internet conference. The chief judge of the district court Jan-Marie Doogue said that Harvey made the decision on his own to step down from the case.

“He recognizes that remarks made in the context of a paper he delivered on copyright law at a recent internet conference could reflect on his impartiality and that the appropriate response is for him to step down from the case,” said Doogue. Harvey made the comments at the NetHui conference discussion about copyright and trade talks with teh U.S.

Harvey was actually referring to a tweet that was a play on the reference to cartoonist Walt Kelly where he wrote: “We have met the enemy and he is [the] U.S.”

Dotcom’s case is scheduled for March and now it will be overseen by Judge Nevin Dawson.

Next month a high court will hear evidence about the raid that happened this past January where Dotcom, Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann, and Bram van der Kolk were arrested.  The U.S. FBI has accused Dotcom and others to be in violation of copyright.

[NZ Herald]