Thursday, June 28, 2012

MegaF**kUp

A High Court judge has ruled that police search warrants used to seize property from Kim Dotcom were illegal.

I wouldn't have picked this.  The raids were completely over the top and a blight on this country's systems and sovereignty.  But I would have thought the police at the very least, would have obtained proper warrants.

Unless this decision is overturned, the case fails completely because the evidence gathered is inadmissable.  I actually don't think that's a concern for the FBI; they have what they want - all his data.  And now they have it back in the USA.

I wonder if blogger Inventory2 will now retract his call for Dotcom to be removed from this country?  It seems some very senior state agents should be removed before Dotcom is.

11 comments:

Keeping Stock said...

I'll be blogging on this later in the morning Nick, once I have read and understood things a bit more. But at the moment your title line seems to sum things up pretty well.

Psycho Milt said...
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Psycho Milt said...

So it turns out they not only wrongly handed over evidence to the FBI, they'd collected the evidence on an illegal warrant. We'll end up paying him compensation, not deporting him.

Keeping Stock said...

My thoughts are here, with a link back to this post:

http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/dotcom-fiasco.html

Anonymous said...

Not being a too much of a conspiracy nut but is it a coincidence that several months after the Dotcom raid NZ suddenly became good mates with the US military wise?

I'm all for the Yanks and support their Marines et. being in NZ however if it was a quid pro quo dependant on Dotcom being locked up then that is wrong & not justice done by good faith.

I really, really, hope that the pressure applied to crown law didn't come from any member of the Cabinet....

Jimmie

Paulus said...

It may well appear that the Police were forced into this by declaring that the affidavits were wrong, but Crown Law (plus the FBI) said that it was lawful, and told the Police to get on with it, so the Police said ok and went right on, overboard, with it (to say to CL and the FBI - up yours)

Baxter said...

Further to Paulus the Police are required to carry out a court order which was what the warrants were. The only other effective method of entry to the property would have been by tank which would be too slow. As I recall Dot COM had at least one sawn off shotgun in his dwelling..As for the FBI getting the evidence collected that would depend on the wording of the warrant.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'm remiss in that I have not closely followed this saga.

What, pray tell is this Dotcom fellow supposed to have done which bring's about his arrest?

Is not an arrest warrant issued by a judge of the courts? Is someone seriously suggesting that one of our judges was got at by the Yanks?

In what way were the warrants unlawful?

So many questions.

Anonymous said...

Evidently those filling swivelly chairs at the very highest level in police HQ have been spanking their monkeys whilst watching one too many window-licking US cop shows on television.

Anonymous said...

Baxter,

you, as an ex-cop, should know better. A search warrant is NOT a court order and the police are NOT required to execute them. Indeed, the law gives the police 28 days from the date of issue of the warrant to execute the warrant or the warrant lapses and a new one must be sought.

And the police could just as easily turned up at the front gate with no fuss at all.

Anonymous said...

just to be clear, a search warrant is an authorisation rather than an order. The Police are not required to execute it, but may if they wish.