Norris v United States of America and others; (Goldshield Group plc intervening): Admn 25 Jan 2007

The defendant was the former chief executive of a company manufacturing carbon products internationally. His extradition to the US was sought on the basis that he had conspired in a dishonest price-fixing conspiracy.
Held: The secrecy of such an agreement was an adequate basis for an allegation of dishonesty at common law, and the extradition could proceed. The obstruction of justice charges, taken at their face value, were very grave indeed. The evidence was that, if Mr Norris were convicted, the conduct in question was likely to attract a sentence of between 21 and 27 months imprisonment. There was a possibility that the sentence will be significantly longer in order to reflect the gravity of the conduct that the obstruction of justice was designed to conceal.
Auld LJ, Field J
[2007] EWHC 71 (Admin), Times 07-Feb-2007, [2007] 1 WLR 1730, [2007] 2 All ER 29
Extradition Act 2003 103
England and Wales
CitedHandyside v The United Kingdom ECHR 7-Dec-1976
The appellant had published a ‘Little Red Schoolbook’. He was convicted under the 1959 and 1964 Acts on the basis that the book was obscene, it tending to deprave and corrupt its target audience, children. The book claimed that it was intended to . .

Cited by:
Appeal fromNorris v United States of America and others HL 12-Mar-2008
The detainee appealed an order for extradition to the USA, saying that the offence (price-fixing) was not one known to English common law. The USA sought his extradition under the provisions of the Sherman Act.
Held: It was not, and it would . .
See AlsoNorris v Government of The United States of America and Another Admn 15-May-2009
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CitedNorris v Government of United States of America SC 24-Feb-2010
The defendant faced extradition to the USA on charges of the obstruction of justice. He challenged the extradition on the basis that it would interfere with his article 8 rights to family life, given that the offence was merely ancillary, the result . .

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Updated: 17 July 2021; Ref: scu.248217