Son of Righthaven: Judge Asks IRS, Feds to Investigate Copyright-Trolling Attorneys

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  1. Mike

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    Wired / Threatlevel: Judge Asks IRS, Feds to Investigate Copyright-Trolling Attorneys

    Using terms like “brazen conduct and relentless fraud,” a federal judge on Monday sanctioned attorneys running a BitTorrent copyright lawsuit factory, and recommended federal prosecutors investigate for potential criminal charges. Los Angeles federal judge Otis D. Wright II said the Prenda Law attorneys’ “moral turpitude” is “unbecoming of an officer of the court.” (.pdf) The judge said the attorneys “fraudulently signed” documents about who owned the rights to sue thousands over the illegal downloading of pornographic films. The attorneys, including John Steele, a Chicago barrister who has sued thousands for unlawfully downloading porn, were also labeled a racketeering outfit. The judge often used Star Trek references as he blasted them.

    “The federal agency eleven decks up is familiar with their prime directive and will gladly refit them for their next voyage. The Court will refer this matter to the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The will also refer this matter to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and will notify all judges before whom these attorneys have pending cases.”

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