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Liberty: 'Put common sense back into law'

Richard built this website from his Sheffield bedroom and his computer server wasn't even US-based but still he faces being dragged across the Atlantic for trial.

His plight shames our extradition system and the coalition needs to honour past promises and put some compassion and common sense back into the law.

– Emma Norton, legal officer at civil rights group Liberty

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Mother of student under extradition threat: 'PM is wet'

Julia O'Dwyer, the mother of Richard who is facing being extradited to the US has slammed the government's handling of the case.

"I don't blame America. They do it because they can because our law leaves the gates wide open. This is fully the responsibility of our Government - the last government for doing this law and this Government for not acting to do the promised amendments to it."

Asked what the Prime Minister should do during his three-day visit to the US, Mrs O'Dwyer added:

The man's wet isn't he? He's not going to be saying anything much to President Obama. And he won't get much of an answer either. It'll be, 'The president doesn't interfere.'

Sheffield student faces extradition to the US

Richard O'Dwyer
Richard O'Dwyer faces extradition to the US Credit: PA

A student accused of infringing copyright laws is being "sold down the river" by the Government, his mother said today as the Home Secretary approved his extradition.

Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate Richard O'Dwyer, 23, allegedly earned thousands of pounds through advertising on the TVShack website before it was closed down by authorities in the United States.

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