McKinnon Gets Extradition Review

>> Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gary McKinnon has made his way around being extradited to the U.S. This is what softpedia had to say about the case. High Court judges have granted him a judicial extradition review, regardless of whether charges against the NASA hacker will be pressed in the UK or not.

Now that the judicial review has been granted, even if Starmer decides not to pursue prosecution under UK's Computer Misuse Act, the hacker has even more chances of tackling extradition. If charges are not pressed in the UK, the decision to extradite him will be reviewed by the High Court sometime in March.

Kaim Todner, one of McKinnon's lawyers, has welcomed the Court's decision, considering it a step in the right direction. "We are overjoyed that the British courts have shown sense and compassion by allowing our son Gary, a young man with Asperger's syndrome, this judicial review. We have always been outraged by the Home Office's decision to allow him to be extradited to stand trail in a foreign land where he would face an out of proportion sentence for what's essentially a crime of eccentricity," Janis Sharp, Gary's mother, commented, according to The Register.

For McKinnon, he is finding ways to stay home for now instead of coming to the U.S. where he would possible be at risk of suicide due to Asperger's Syndrome, facing 70 years in a U.S. prison.
He will plead guilty to lesser charges in the UK, in return to be able to stay on his homeland.

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