The Extradition of Lauri Love
Lauri Love is appealing against extradition to the United States for his alleged involvement with, what he says were online protests and what US authorities allege was stealing data from United States Government computers including the US Army, Missile Defense Agency, and NASA.
Lauri's case represents the first proper test case for the forum bar, introduced into law in order to protect vulnerable British defendants from being extradited to America when their cases could be heard in the UK
Love's defence team say their client, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, would be at high risk of suicide in a US prison. Nevertheless, a British court rules he should be extradited to face charges in the United States which, his supporters say, could lead to a potential maximum sentence of up to 99 years.
Lauri Love’s appeal against the extradition ruling will be heard on 29-30 November 2017 in front of The Lord Chief Justice. It raises fundamental issues of law and of justice.
Given its importance Byline intends to cover the hearing fully, with live reporting from court, interviews, and analysis.