Tuesday, January 05, 2021

The autist exception

Once Baraitser decided to take what we can call the British cop-out - refusing to extradite based on the possibility of suicide and what amounts to judicial knowledge of the infamously incompetent/cruel American prison officials, who will do nothing to prevent it (previously used in the cases of alleged autists Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love) - that became the entire basis of her legal position.  Her musings about the strength of the CIA arguments, including those about freedom of speech and journalism, are just musings, legally worth as much as if she had decided to give us her views on medieval Provençal literature.  This is important - once she went down suicide road, all other issues became moot, unnecessary for her determination, and thus not capable of becoming any kind of precedent.  I'm sure she was just trying to stay out of the Thames.

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