Poll Shows Only 9% Of UK Public Think Richard O'Dwyer Should Be Extradited

from the will-of-the-people dept

A poll conducted in the UK has found that only 9% of those surveyed agreed that student Richard O'Dwyer should be extradited to face criminal charges in the US for creating TVShack, a site that let people link to videos hosted elsewhere. So far, the government has been ignoring public cries not to allow the extradition, but this poll really seems to suggest that the public is not too keen on shipping O'Dwyer overseas.
Only 9% of the British public believe he should face trial in the US for his actions, according to the YouGov research. The largest group, 46%, said O'Dwyer should not be prosecuted at all, while 26% felt he should be tried in the UK.
At some point, something has to give. The UK Home Office can't keep pretending that this is a minor issue that it can brush under the rug to keep the American government (and Hollywood) happy.

Filed Under: extradition, hollywood, richard o'dwyer, uk
Companies: tvshack


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    Richard (profile), 7 Jul 2012 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Why extradition is wrong.

    Extradition breaks this arrangement, because we have *no democratic input* into the laws of other sovereign states. If a UK citizen doesn't like the laws in the USA, they are entitled to their opinions, but they cannot be part of the democratic mechanism which might change those laws.

    Actually extradition is fine if confined to its proper purpose - which is to allow fugitives from justice to be returned to the scene of their crimes for trial. A further condition must be that the crimes of which they are accused must actually be crimes in the place that they are extradited from. This last point addresses your concerns about democratic accountability. However in the present case NONE of these conditions is met.

    My interpretation of Theresa May's attitude is that she is a coward who does not dare to do anything other than to rubberstamp the actions of officals and judges.

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