DOJ lawyer Ryan Dickey argued that there's no time limit for service of criminal charges. The DOJ intends to serve the criminal charges against Megaupload to Dotcom and other company officers when they are extradited to the U.S., he said.
Dickey discounted Burck's arguments that Congress hasn't allowed criminal charges to be filed against foreign companies. In recent years, Congress has made it "crystal clear" it intends to address a worldwide problem of copyright infringement, he said.
"The heart of the issue is weather a foreign defendant ... can commit crimes in the United States and in this district and never be brought to justice," Dickey said.
Dickey opposed Burck's suggestion that O'Grady require the DOJ to refile the charges after serving Megaupload. Getting a new indictment through a grand jury would be a "huge waste of resources," he said.
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is email@example.com.