Glen Allen, VA (PRWEB) March 24, 2010
The case was United States v. Cassim, et. al, case number 4:09CR609 (S.D. Tx. 2010). On March 19, 2010, a federal jury acquitted Adil R. Cassim, who was represented by Domingo J. Rivera, Esq. The trial was held at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. This venue was the result of a successful transfer Motion filed by the defense; the case had been initially filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The government's identified “victim” was the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The United States Department of Justice had alleged that Adil R. Cassim was the leader of Rabid Neurosis ("RNS"), an alleged “music piracy group.” The government had further alleged that RNS was a “pre-release group; that is, the group was often the original source or first-provider of pirated music that was distributed on the Internet.” Most of the alleged members of RNS had previously pled guilty in Virginia. Only Cassim and co-defendant Matthew Chow went to trial. Adil R. Cassim was represented by Domingo J. Rivera, Esq., of Richmond, Virginia, and Mr. Chow was represented by George Murphy, Esq. and Terry Yates, Esq. of Houston, Texas.
Regarding Mr. Cassim, the government had alleged that Mr. Cassim was “also known by his screen name 'Kali'” and that for “some period during the RNS conspiracy, Cassim was the leader of RNS and made decisions about group operations." According to the government, RNS was an alleged music group participating in the “warez scene.” Had Mr. Cassim been convicted, the charge of copyright infringement conspiracy could have carried a maximum of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
The jury trial lasted five days, after which the jury returned a “NOT GUILTY” verdict in favor of both defendants Cassim and Chow. Cassim's attorney, Domingo J. Rivera, Esq., commented that “the jury followed its Constitutional duty of carefully listening to all the evidence and reaching a just result.”