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10-Year Gary McKinnon Case To End This Year 72

judgecorp writes "The ten-year legal quagmire surrounding Gary McKinnon, who hacked into U.S. military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002, must end this year, a British High Court Judge has ordered. McKinnon has been appealing against extradition to the U.S., and two medical experts must report in 28 days on his mental state, ruling whether he would be a suicide risk if deported. This ruling could short-circuit an extradition appeal hearing in July."
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10-Year Gary McKinnon Case To End This Year

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  • If Gary McKinnon can drag it out for ten years, I can see why Jullian Assange is willing to start new projects.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Essentially, 10 years in fear. Granted guy was a wee bit paranoid and nutty before, not holding that against him here, but 10 freaking years!

    How does one live with such a thing looming over them for that long? Not knowing if your country can see reason with regard to your case.

    I have some sympathy for him, due to the fact that justice would be usurped if the Brits actually extradited him, but how can any Brit. look at their justice system after this and think it isn't one, big, sad joke.

    • by Andy_R ( 114137 ) on Monday January 30, 2012 @08:19PM (#38871745) Homepage Journal

      It's not just the justice system that's deeply flawed if he is extradited, it's the whole political system. In the run up to the last election, all three leaders of the big parties said they would resolve this, and none of them have lifted a finger when in power (Labour were in power for most of the last 10 years, now the other two, Liberal and Conservative, govern in coalition).

      In our whole political system, I've yet to hear one single person who says that Gary should be extradited. They all, without exception as far as I know, back his right to a UK trial... and I've yet to hear one single person lift a finger to make it happen.

  • Aside from the issues of the case, it's a reminder that we've had a space fleet for at least a decade. What has been done and where have we gone in that time? The mind boggles. Gingrich's suggestion for a moon base is probably 10 years obsolete.
  • Wow, this new escape clause should be even easier to wield than "temporary insanity." All you have to do is convince a couple doctors you MIGHT get suicidal if deported, and you get off scott free.

    Clue in: If you violate a foreign nation's laws and your home country has an extradition treaty with them, you're HOOPED.

    • by Xest ( 935314 ) on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @08:56AM (#38876019)

      Not at all, if he isn't extradited he'll face trial in the UK.

      The only caveat however is that this has been dragging on so long that I suspect even if found guilty in the UK now any judge will say he has suffered punishment enough and probably not make him spend even a minute in jail. If they do I think that's a pretty fair assessment - the mental anguish something like this must cause being dragged out over 10 years is pretty awful.

  • Relax... (Score:4, Funny)

    by jholyhead ( 2505574 ) on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @06:56AM (#38875453)
    All he has to do is tweet a bad joke about getting drunk and humping Marilyn Monroe's corpse and DHS will deport his ass back to the UK.

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