Cisco guilty of 'perversion of justice' in attempt to jail VAR who dared to sue it

Integrator sued to get Cisco to share patches, updates with third parties


Cisco denied it, but settled the case, anyway – 11 months ago.

It did not drop the charges against Alfred-Adekeye.

Last month a Canadian judge slammed Cisco for that, agreeing with Alfred-Adekeye's assertion that the charges were untrue and that Cisco had him prosecuted only to get him to drop the anti-trust case.

He refused to let Canadian authorities deport Alfred-Adekeye for prosecution.

"This speaks volumes for Cisco's duplicity," according to June 3 decision from Justice Ronald McKinnon, who called Cisco's attempt to subvert the legal process "unmitigated gall."

McKinnon said little of the evidence or accusations sent to the RCMP by U.S. authorities was true. The accusations amounted to "innuendo, half truths, and complete falsehoods," he said.

That alone would have made him turn down the request for deportation.

Cisco's imprecision made it worse.

Estimating the value of software and data supposedly taken by Alfred-Adekeye at "more than $14,000" was so imprecise as to be useless. It could have meant $15,000 or $1 million.

Cisco's position was that both numbers meant a substantial theft; The judge said not being able to pin down a specific dollar value made accusations sound more rhetorical than factual.

The RCMP's treatment of Alfred-Adekeye – who stayed in jail 28 days until a different judge allowed him out on bail – was about 27 days longer than the mounties would keep any other defendant with no criminal record little risk that he'd skip the country if released.

Justice McKinnon called the whole procedure a perversion of justice.

What else would you call an attempt to twist a VAR's attempt to fix a client's system using the client's ability to download patches and code into a "sinister" act that justified prosecution under 97 charges of computer hacking that, laid end to end, could mean more than 500 years of prison time.

You'd call it "unmitigated gall," as the judge did.

Then you'd send the defendant home (he's back in Europe now according to his lawyer), and hope the karmic backlash on Cisco was serious enough to make Smiling John Chambers see the error of his ways.

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