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New Zealand Court Rules Warrants Used in 2012 Dotcom Mansion Raid Legal

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The search warrants used in the raid of MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom’s mansion in 2012 were legal, a New Zealand court ruled on Wednesday.

This ruling comes 5 months after Dotcom sued the New Zealand government for $4 million after a court found that the search warrants used by police were illegal because they were too general and did not adequately describe the offences.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel found that the warrants were “defective in some respects” but not enough to make them illegal, according to a report by CNET.

During the raid, police seized laptops, hard drives, and millions of dollars worth of cash, cars and other possessions. The FBI made copies of the information on Dotcom’s computer and sent it to US prosecutors, a move that was deemed illegal in the June 2012 ruling and upheld in this week’s ruling.

Prosecutors argue that Dotcom’s Megaupload website cost film and music companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds.

As Dotcom awaits his extradition hearing scheduled for April, this decision is a blow to his case, which revolves around the argument that a site owner can not be accountable for its users uploading copyrighted content.

Dotcom plans to push back against the decision and is expected to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, according to a tweet by Dotcom’s attorney Ira Rothken.

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  1. DoktorThomas™

    Politically expedient justice is no justice at all. In all cases of questionable state actions, a jurist is bound by fairness and equity to decide against government because of the inherent inequity between contestants. Without seeing the briefs, one can see this was a public service decision, not one of reasoned law. Opposition to government oppression doesn't stop at courthouse steps; it begins there. It is the essence of every government is "to oppress"; that is why they are called "government". If Domain was a criminal, they didn't need to violate his house to catch him. Lazy police; lazy D.A. They have all the time and resources in the nation to make their move. Bad jurists deserve to feel all the rancour they spew. ©2014 All rights reserved.

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