Crown Law is taking legal advice; the Herald reports:
The Government's lawyers have contracted out handling of the Kim Dotcom case as the internet mogul heads back to court.After a string of blunders, the Crown Law Office has drafted in one of the country's most expert lawyers to handle the extradition hearing.Meredith Connell partner and senior counsel Christine Gordon will take over from the Crown Law Office lawyers, who have faced a string of bruising legal encounters since Dotcom and three co-accused were arrested in January at the request of the FBI.The Crown's most recent loss was the High Court declaration that the search and seizure of property during the January 20 arrest was illegal. It followed earlier admissions that the wrong type of restraining order had been used to freeze Dotcom's assets.The out-sourcing will pit Ms Gordon and fellow partner Aaron Perkins against Dotcom's lawyers, Paul Davison, QC, and Simpson Grierson senior partner Willie Akel. The switch in lawyers comes as Dotcom and his co-accused head back to court for a two-day judicial review which followed a far-reaching decision by extradition judge David Harvey.
On one hand, it's not good to have the nation's supposed best legal minds having to outsource. But on the other hand and on balance, it's probably a good thing that Crown Law has sought legal aid, rather than risk further litigation embarrassments.
And whilst on the subject of Crown Law, and to save a seperate post, Rod Emmerson expresses his opinion: