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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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2012 @ 1:20pm

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    More like he did not believe he had broken any law seeing that past sites involved in linking have been found innocent under English law. That belief alone then removes the wilful aspect needed to convict.

    Nope. He willfully knew that he was violating U.S. law. His mistake was in thinking that U.S. law didn't matter. Woops. O'Dwyer, Dotcom, etc. Sorry, guys, but when you so openly and so disgustingly violate other people's rights, sometimes, sometimes, the system gets it right and the law reaches out to the other side of the earth to get your ass. Selective prosecution? Surely. The right thing to do to show you punks that your choices have consequences? Yep. Worth every penny.

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