Dotcom’s only friend, lawyer Ira Rothken, happy about co-accused guilty plea


US based lawyer? Ira Rothken has been a steady fixture on Dotcom’s defence team. ?He doesn’t seem to care there isn’t any money to pay him. ?(actual question: how does he get paid?)

But it’s delightful to see that when one of the accused in the MegaUpload case hands himself in out of his own free will and pleads guilty,? Ira Rothken can only see it as a positive. ?

The US Department of Justice claims Nomm’s guilty plea was a major blow to Dotcom’s case. But that was last night rejected by his legal team. His attorney, Ira Rothken, told the Herald on Sunday the guilty plea did not serve as a precedent.

“If Mr Nomm testifies in a truthful manner … we expect that his testimony will help the defence.

“It’s a plea bargain of convenience and the Department of Justice seems to have used this as a Hollywood-style publicity stunt to try to elevate the status of their case.”

As part of Nomm’s plea bargain, he agreed his co-accused, including Megaupload founder Dotcom, knew and other sites the group operated contained copyright-infringing materials and they were making money from it.

Nomm said he brought up copyright infringement to colleagues, noting files he was sent to review for errors had FBI piracy warnings.

The US Department of Justice will be happy with Dotcom’s scalp. ?As the mastermind behind the whole racketeering scam, he will be the actual target.

But since Ira Rothken is so delighted with people giving truthful testimony, and the?US Department of Justice is in a deal-making mood, I suspect there are other co-accused that are feverishly trying to get in line for plea-bargains as well.

All of the co-accused have arranged for their own legal counsel. ?That’s a clear sign that they don’t want to be seen to be standing shoulder to shoulder to Dotcom.

Still, if Ira thinks this is a great development, I’m sure he’ll be beside himself with delight when the others cut a deal where they remove the uncertainty from their lives and start the process of looking what to do with what is left of it, rather than look over their shoulders with a possibility that they may spend most or all of it in a US prison.


– Lynley Bilby, Herald on Sunday