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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    Gwiz (profile), 6 Jul 2012 @ 1:29pm

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    One can violate U.S. law while one is physically located in the U.K.

    And you can violate the laws of Iran while physically in the US, so what? That doesn't mean you should be sent to Iran to face their court system, does it?

    I get the feeling I am arguing with Average_Joe here. If you can't grasp the overall wrongness of this case because you are hung up on the letter of the law, then I am done arguing with you because it's pointless.

    Given that 90% of the UK citizens and probably the same ratio of people worldwide are against this extradition, I certainly hope the US government is garnering enough favors from Hollywood to offset the beating our country's image is taking from this. Makes us look like petty thugs really.

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