@ Grease Monkey
" I always thought that the point of a trial was to establish truth, rather than simply take the word of the complainant or the defendant. "
Well of course there should be a trial, but whats wrong with a trial in this country ? Has McKinnon even visited America before ?
"I'm willing to bet that public perception would have been different had McKinnon been a conservative Muslim."
There would a different public perception in a change to the entire circumstances? Well...er...yes! Your point isn't very pointy.
" The crime was committed both here and in the US. Had the US authorites made a complaint to the police in the UK then perhaps he would have been tried in the UK. However that's not what they did, they applied for extradition on the basis that the crime was committed in the US. "
er... so you agree they were wrong? As you say the crime was also commited here, yet they didn't even notify the UK police. Sounds questionable to me.