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Shaun, in reply to you I repeat what anon @ 14.28 posted. Also, US judges rarely grant bail, especially where extradition was opposed (ironically, the defendant is seen as a flight risk despite having complied with an order for his extradition). Added to plea bargains, US prosecutors load the charge sheet and offer much more favourable charges for guilty pleas. Coupled with the cost of defending oneself (the public defender is not an option) most defendants simply plead to avoid languishing in jail for years before a trial even takes places. US practices are well documented in the numerous decisions on extradition made in the UK. No one in their right mind would want to be tried in the US, given the odds stacked against you.

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