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posted by janrinok on Monday January 04 2021, @01:17PM   Printer-friendly

A UK judge has just announced that Assange cannot be extradited to the USA because his treatment by the US would cause him to be a suicide risk. However, he is not released as the prosecution and the USA may decide to appeal. He remains in Belmarsh prison but the courts still have to decide whether he should be released.

The political arguments were all dismissed by the Judge but her decision is based solely on the treatment he will receive in the USA.


The UK Westminster Magistrates' Court decision is now public, Wikileaks journalist Julian Assange will not be extradited from the UK to the US...

407. The defence complains that the late service of the second superseding indictment has resulted in unfairness in the preparation of its case. Mindful of any potential unfairness flowing from the late service of this amended indictment, on Friday 14 August 2020, I invited the defence to consider applying to adjourn the evidential hearing which was due to commence on 7 September 2020. I gave them the opportunity to consider this invitation over the course of a week but, on 21 August 2020, the defence confirmed that itwould not be seeking to adjourn proceedings. No further applications were made between that date and 7 September 2020.

408. In my judgment the appropriate remedy for any unfairness arising from the late indictment would have been to allow the defence sufficient time prepare its case and advance any relevant arguments. That time was offered in August 2020 and declined.

409. I reject the defence submissions concerning staying extradition as an abuse of the process of this court.

... unless the decision is appealed by either the outgoing US administration or the incoming one.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday January 04 2021, @11:49PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 04 2021, @11:49PM (#1094746) Journal

    I want to agree with you. But, I don't think you're right. If we are to believe the numbers, about 150 million people actually voted in the 2020 election. That's nearly half of all US residents. Take away prisoners, convicts, expats, mentally incompetent, too young to vote, and you have well over half of adult Americans voting this time around.

    People who want to be left alone? Well, the numbers say that well over 2/3 of registered voters are either R or D. [] []

    If you were correct that most people just want to be left alone, then we would see a lot more people registered Independent, and voting for issues. That is, I will always vote for a candidate with a passing grade on gun rights issues. I consider other issues important, but second amendment considerations take priority almost all the time. Registered Independent, and want to be left alone - and won't tolerate the assholes who want to confiscate my property.

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