LONDON (AP) — An alleged computer hacker from Britain won a court appeal Monday to block his extradition to the United States, where he faces charges in three states. The High Court in London ruled against allowing Lauri Love to be extradited, although judges said it would still be possible to prosecute him in England.
Love, 32, has Asperger’s syndrome and a depressive illness. His lawyers said it would be “unjust and oppressive” to send him to the U.S. to face trial. U.S. officials requested Love’s extradition on cyber-hacking charges alleging he compromised government networks between October 2012 and October 2013 and stole data.The decision in his favor Monday was greeted with cheers in the courtroom. Love said outside the London courthouse he hopes his case spurs discussion about how people with mental health issues are handled by the justice system.
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