As if Kim Dotcom's extradition trial couldn't get any more farcical. The judge at the head of the case, Judge David Harvey, has excused himself from the trial after making comments in a paper that referred to the US as "the enemy" when it came to copyright enforcement.
The NZ Herald reports that Judge Harvey stepped down to avoid any implication that he was biased in the case in light of the comments he made about the US.
Judge Nevin Dawson has swept in from the wings to take over where Judge Harvey left off. That's the same Judge Dawson who heard the bail section of Kim Dotcom's case.
The trial is still scheduled for March 2013. [NZ Herald]