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Should British Hacker Lauri Love Be Tried In America?

A 31-year-old autistic man in the U.K. is suspected of hacking U.S. government computer systems in 2013 — and he has one final chance to appeal his extradition. An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian
Even if Love is guilty, however, there are important legal and moral questions about whether he should be extradited to the US — a nation that has prosecuted hackers with unrivalled severity, and one where Love could be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison… His remaining hope for mercy is a final appeal against extradition in the high court in November. Love’s hope is for a full and fair trial in Britain.

Even if he is found guilty in a British court of the most serious crimes in the US government’s indictment, his legal team estimate that he faces just a few months in prison. Failure means Love will be flown to a holding facility in New York, placed on suicide watch and probably forced to take antidepressants, prior to a trial. If he refuses to accept a plea deal and is convicted, he will face $9m (£6.8m) in fines and, experts estimate, a prison term of up to 99 years, a punishment illustrative of the US’s aggressive sentencing against hackers under the controversial Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Naomi Colvin, from the human rights group the Courage Foundation, tells the Guardian that “Lauri’s case is critically important in determining the reach of America’s unusually harsh punitive sanctions for computer crimes.”

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