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Gary McKinnon (Aspergers) not going to be extradited

(34 Posts)
bialystockandbloom Tue 16-Oct-12 13:21:04

For anyone interested in this story, it's just been announced he won't be extradited to the US for hacking BBC story here.

Jerbil Tue 16-Oct-12 13:25:24

absolutely brilliant news IMO of course. other people will have their own stance but as a Mum of Ds1 with Aspergers... :-)

Pagwatch Tue 16-Oct-12 13:25:34

Good. Try him over here.

I think the adopting of a forum bar for future cases is a good idea

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Oct-12 13:30:28

Hello.

We'd love to put this thread as a discussion of the day - but we tend not to do that with SN threads, as the SN section is an opt-in only section.

Would anyone mind if we moved this thread to our In the News topic?

Perfectly fine if you'd like it to stay. We just thought we'd ask...

Pagwatch Tue 16-Oct-12 13:31:58

Not my thread but I don't mind smile

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 16-Oct-12 13:33:01

I think this is great news. In my book, it's not about trying to excuse behaviour because of Asperger's but about a fair trial and fair sentencing and treatment. I think the fact he has Asperger's is relevant to all those issues.

As someone who has been involved in extradition cases, I can say that the extradition law with the UK is profoundly one-sided and disproportionate and that has a lot to do with the unfairness of this case.

As a mum of a son with AS, I think 'thank God'...

AgentProvocateur Tue 16-Oct-12 13:34:01

Great news.

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 16-Oct-12 13:34:29

I don't know...wouldn't it be a case of just waiting for the disablist rants to start? That's why most of us hide out here in the first place.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Oct-12 13:35:14

Pagwatch

Not my thread but I don't mind smile

Thank you.

bialystockandbloom What you do think?

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 16-Oct-12 13:35:21

that should be UK extradition law with the US

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 13:35:54

I was just checking to see whether it was around and will start a thread on it in 'news'.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Oct-12 13:36:13

inappropriatelyemployed

I don't know...wouldn't it be a case of just waiting for the disablist rants to start? That's why most of us hide out here in the first place.

We'd nuke the disablist stuff. Tis against the rules n all (as well as being horrible/uncalled for etc etc).

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Oct-12 13:36:51

lambethlil

I was just checking to see whether it was around and will start a thread on it in 'news'.

OK. Good solution. Thank you!

AmberLeaf Tue 16-Oct-12 13:39:11

Glad to hear this fab news.

bialystockandbloom Tue 16-Oct-12 13:39:42

Yes, do move it Helen.

ae understand where you're coming from, and that's kinda why I didn't start the thread in the News section, but actually it could be a good opportunity to explain why his AS is relevant.

In my book, it's not about trying to excuse behaviour because of Asperger's but about a fair trial and fair sentencing and treatment. I think the fact he has Asperger's is relevant to all those issues.

And ^ ^ is a good starting point.

UnChartered Tue 16-Oct-12 13:40:11

i'll stay on this side of the MN fence thanks, i think the 2 discussions will be very different sad

so glad this man isn't being sent to the wolves that is the US law - i hope he has the same understanding when it comes to his trial here.

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 16-Oct-12 13:41:50

Obv, do move it if you feel it is appropriate. I may not be brave enough to venture off this board!! The real world is scary grin

bialystockandbloom Tue 16-Oct-12 13:42:42

Damn got pipped to the post. Was preparing to <preen> on making a Discussion of the Day grin

insanityscratching Tue 16-Oct-12 13:43:50

Such good news, his mum has fought one hell of a battle like only SN mums can IME.

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 13:44:51

Already there, great!

moleskin Tue 16-Oct-12 13:47:51

It is fab news and tbh he's done USA a massive favour in pointing out major flaws in their system. Albeit causing them embarassment in the process - which is most likely what they are pissed off about the most!!! He was looking for UFOs fgs not looking to bomb them. So happy sense has been seen.

UnChartered Tue 16-Oct-12 13:50:12

insanity yes, i saw her on TV this morning and thought about her starting off when her DS was younger and it being a life-long committment for her

she was awesome

bialystockandbloom Tue 16-Oct-12 13:50:59

He could have faced a 60 year jail sentence in the US shock

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Oct-12 13:51:57

bialystockandbloom

Damn got pipped to the post. Was preparing to <preen> on making a Discussion of the Day grin

I think you can def <preen> by proxy grin

Ineedalife Tue 16-Oct-12 13:53:46

I am just relieved that common sense has prevailedhmm

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