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), 8 Jul 2012 @ 1:13pm

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    Hence, it is not at all clear why people are saying that what this person has done has been held "legal" in the UK.

    The point is that no prosecution has been attempted in the UK. Hence it seems that (at best) the prosecutors are forum shopping in order to get a longer sentence ot to increase the probability of conviction.

    Surely it is a misreading of the intent - if not of the letter - of extradition law to allow this.

    Clearly the purpose of extradition law is to enable prosecution of offenders who have committed an offence in one country but have fled to another, not to allow prosecutors to pick and choose a legal code under which to bring charges.

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