[free-sklyarov] Re: Continuing the fight
Matthew T. Russotto
mrussotto at speakeasy.net
Sun Dec 16 18:11:03 PST 2001
On Sunday, December 16, 2001, at 10:23 AM, Seth Finkelstein wrote:
> Although I'm not a lawyer, as I went through the agreement, it
> appeared he basically had to admit guilt on all counts. It seemed like
> the language of the agreement had him establishing each element of the
> charges. I don't think that was he was planning to do that in the
> first place. ... How can this be just face-saving on the part of the
As I read it, he didn't admit guilt, he admitted to certain acts.
Whether or not those acts constituted a violation of the law was not
decided or admitted to.
> What might be the situation was a move of the case strategy from
> 1) Crucify Dmitry and Elcomsoft in the process of winning the DMCA case
> 2) Let Dmitry off the hook in return for testimony to win the DMCA case
I don't think his testimony will be particularly important, as Elcomsoft
probably won't dispute the facts anyway. If they try, the government
has them dead to rights. IMO, it's just that there's a lot more chance
for adverse publicity and press reaction for crucifying Dmitry as
opposed to crucifying Elcomsoft. In other words, the free-sklyarov
activists may well have had a hand in this.
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