Memo to judges involved in cases where the US is trying to extradite a citizen of your country: it’s probably best not to publicly describe the US as “the enemy”. That’s what New Zealand Judge David Harvey did though, and even though his comments – “We have met the enemy, and he is US” – came in an unrelated context, it still looked pretty dreadful given his role overseeing the case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. Sure enough, Harvey has now stepped down, recognising that “remarks made in the context of a paper he delivered on copyright law at a recent internet conference could reflect on his impartiality”.

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