Monday 28 November was the deadline given to Lauri Love’s legal team by the British Home Secretary Amber Rudd to file their application for appeal. The initial paperwork has been submitted and the High Court is expected to deliver its decision at the start of the New Year, with an appeal hearing likely to follow in Spring 2017.
Amber Rudd’s decision to approve Lauri Love’s extradition ignored the arguments of his lawyers that extradition would present a life-threatening breach of his human rights, concerns that are shared by more than a hundred British Members of Parliament. In the wake of Rudd’s decision one of the co-authors of the letter, Barry Sheerman, said he was “deeply disappointed.”
The latest developments in Lauri’s case were, as usual, covered extremely widely over UK print and broadcast media, in terms that were sometimes themselves controversial.
Lauri himself appeared on ITV to explain that he likely not face any kind of trial in the United States, since prosecutors intend to coerce him into a plea deal, landing him in prison for years. If he were to insist on a trial, Lauri would be tried in three different US court districts consecutively, which could mean up to a century in jail.
RT broadcast interviews Lauri’s US-based attorney Tor Ekeland, his father Reverend Alexander Love, and Gary McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp.
The Times says Lauri should not be extradited
As awareness of Lauri’s case grows, the continues to garner support across the mainstream media. On Saturday 20 November The Times became the second UK newspaper – after the Daily Mail – to come out against Lauri’s extradition. In a strongly worded editorial, the paper argued that “It is hard to understand why, having intervened in the case of Mr McKinnon, the prime minister [Theresa May] would not encourage Mrs Rudd to do likewise with Mr Love… It may be that the relevant extradition treaty to is significantly less fair to British citizens than it is to Americans and should be reconsidered or even repealed.”
Letters about Lauri’s case have now been appearing in the Times for a full week. Among those whose letters have been published are Karen Todner, Tor Ekeland, Janis Sharp, Research Autism’s Richard Mills, Courage’s own Naomi Colvin and, today, a joint letter from MPs David Burrowes and Barry Sheerman.