Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

Gareth Corfield reports:

“Mr Love, you’re not the victim in this. You brought this on yourself; you’re the victim of your own decisions,” District Judge Margot Coleman told accused hacker Lauri Love in court today as she refused to return computers seized from him by the National Crime Agency.

Love, 34, had asked for the return of computers and peripherals taken from him by the National Crime Agency (NCA) when they raided his home in 2012. The Briton has been accused in the US of hacking a number of government agencies including NASA and the US Department of Energy.

He has not been charged in the UK. The US government tried and failed to extradite Love from the UK last year, with the Lord Chief Justice ruling: “Mr Love’s extradition would be oppressive by reason of his physical and mental condition”. Love has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Read more on The Register.  Love represented himself in this matter, and when you read what happened, it may serve as a reminder why people should retain counsel instead of trying to represent themselves.

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