Gary McKinnon: a test case for principles – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2010 in autism, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“The first acid test for Britain’s new government is not the economy, but whether it is capable of an act of simple humanity. Can Theresa May deliver on the repeated promise of Tory and Lib Dem leaders to end the torment inflicted by the state on Gary McKinnon, the hacker with Asperger’s syndrome, whom the Home Office wants to send to lengthy imprisonment and likely suicide in a US jail? His courtroom cruelty is scheduled to begin again on 24 May: the time has come to end it, once and for all.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2010

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Autistic pianist makes legal history after UK’s last secret court opens – The Times

Posted May 14th, 2010 in autism, news by sally

“A severely disabled piano virtuoso has made legal history after the country’s last remaining secret court was opened for the first time.”

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The Times, 14th May 2010

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Man jailed for sex with autistic girl – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2010 in autism, learning difficulties, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A man who befriended a woman over the internet then had sex with her autistic teenage daughter was today jailed for more than three years.”

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The Independent, 22nd April 2010

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Father loses legal battle over mobile mast – The Independent

Posted February 3rd, 2010 in appeals, autism, news, telecommunications by sally

“The father of an autistic daughter lost a High Court battle today against a mobile phone mast being sited outside his home.”

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The Independent, 2nd February 2010

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MMR scare doctor to be given verdict on research – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2010 in autism, doctors, news, professional conduct by sally

“The doctor who first suggested the link between MMR vaccinations and autism is to hear whether he is guilty of unethical research practices.”

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BBC News, 28th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Autism Act 2009

Posted November 13th, 2009 in autism, legislation by sally

Autism Act 2009 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Extradition without justice – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2009 in autism, computer crime, EC law, extradition, news by sally

Gary McKinnon’s fight to be prosecuted in the UK casts a stark light on our extradition arrangements with America. US prosecutors are threatening him with up to 70 years in a ‘supermax’ prison – and this a man with Asperger’s syndrome who could hardly be less suited to such punishment.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2009

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Asperger’s syndrome hacker ‘should not be extradited’ – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2009 in autism, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

” ‘Humanitarian considerations’ that have arisen in the case of Asperger’s syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon mean he should not face trial in the US for hacking into American military computers, the high court heard today.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2009

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Gary McKinnon, hacker with Asperger syndrome, fights extradition to US – The Times

Posted June 10th, 2009 in autism, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“A British ‘UFO eccentric’ accused of hacking into US military networks brought a last challenge in the High Court yesterday against extradition to America on health grounds.”

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The Times, 10th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Terror law watchdog Lord Carlile joins clamour for accused hacker to be tried in UK instead of US – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2009 in autism, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of anti-terror laws, has written to the home secretary to ask her to enable computer hacker Gary McKinnon to be prosecuted in the UK rather than face extradition and a jail term in the US. The intervention comes as the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, is considering whether to prosecute McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, under British computer misuse laws.”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2009

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Hacker was naive not criminal, says expert – The Independent

Posted January 16th, 2009 in autism, computer crime, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“A British computer expert hacked into US military networks through ‘naivety’ as a result of his Asperger’s Syndrome and should not be considered a criminal, an expert said today.”

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The Independent, 15th January 2009

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Cross-party attempt to fight extradition of British hacker – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2008 in autism, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“Senior politicians from all parties are urging the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, to halt the extradition of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon unless she receives a guarantee from the US that he will be allowed to serve any sentence imposed in Britain.”

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supporters urge halt to hacker’s extradition to US – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2008 in autism, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“Autism experts, politicians, lawyers and civil rights campaigners are urging Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, to intervene in the case of the British hacker Gary McKinnon so that he can be tried in Britain rather than being extradited to the US.”

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The Guardian, 26th September 2008

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Doctor in MMR row defends stance at disciplinary hearing – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2008 in autism, doctors, medicines, news, professional conduct by sally

“The doctor who first sparked widespread safety fears over the MMR vaccine said yesterday that his paramount concern was ‘clinical care’ for children who had developed autism after being vaccinated.”

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The Guardian, 28th March 2008

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Judges reject Islamic ‘phone marriage’ with woman in Bangladesh – The Times

Posted March 19th, 2008 in autism, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

“Three senior appeal judges have refused to recognise an ‘over the telephone’ Muslim marriage between an autistic British man and a woman in Bangladesh — even though the union is valid according to sharia or Islamic law.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2008

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Doctor at centre of MMR controversy accused of paying children at party for blood samples – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2007 in autism, children, doctors, news, professional conduct by sally

“The doctor who linked the MMR jab to autism, prompting one of the biggest medical controversies of the past 10 years, paid children attending his son’s birthday party to donate their blood for his research, it was alleged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk