Lauri Love’s appeal against extradition to the United States will be heard at the High Court in a one and a half day hearing on the 28th and 29th November. The appeal will be heard in front of a full Divisional Court, but the judges have yet to be announced.
Lauri Love is facing extradition requests from three separate US court districts and a potential 99 year prison sentence for his alleged involvement in the online protests that followed the death of Aaron Swartz.
His case forms the first substantive test of the forum bar, which Theresa May announced when blocking the extradition of Gary McKinnon, intended to protect vulnerable individuals who could be the subject of legal process in the UK instead. The forum bar is expected to be one of the main issues in the appeal appeal, along with Lauri’s health and prison conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
On 16 September 2016, a District Judge at Westminster Magistrates’ court refused to block Lauri’s extradition, despite accepting that he poses a real risk of suicide. Over 100 UK MPs signed a joint letter to Barack Obama in his final month in office, asking that any proceedings against Lauri be allowed to take place in the UK.
Lauri Love’s UK legal team are Karen Todner of Kaim Todner, Ben Cooper and Edward Fitzgerald QC, both of Doughty Street Chambers.
Courage runs a defence fund for Lauri at https://freelauri.com/donate