Court Rejects Request to Consolidate TJX Hacker Cases

Kim Zetter of Threat Level reports that:

A federal judge in Massachusetts has rejected a request from U.S. attorneys to consolidate a New Jersey case against Albert Gonzalez, who has admitted hacking more than 120 million credit card numbers from Heartland Payment Systems, with two other cases against him in Massachusetts.


The case was transferred to Massachusetts on Tuesday, but Judge Patti Saris rejected the consolidation request. This means that the New Jersey case will stay in Massachusetts, but Gonzalez will be sentenced in that case separately by a different federal judge, District Judge Douglas Woodlock. Judge Saris indicated that she would be willing to delay her sentencing hearing in the Massachusetts and New York cases to coordinate with sentencing in the New Jersey case if Judge Woodlock requests it.


More here. I suspect a number of us who have been following this case are surprised by the judge’s refusal to consolidate the cases.

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