U.K. REFUSES TO SUBJECT CITIZEN TO AMERICAN JUSTICE
by Barry Sussman
In a stunning decision, U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May has blocked an extradition request from the U.S. for accused British hacker Gary McKinnon. The controversial decision was handed down on October 16. It is believed to be the first time that a British home secretary has blocked an extradition request to the U.S. under Britain’s current treaty governing such actions. More significantly, the home secretary says she will seek to grant British courts new and enhanced powers to challenge future extradition requests from the U.S.