Gary McKinnon's court appearance today was "very short and to the point" and "dealt only with the upcoming dates."
"There were journalists and photographers phoning and hanging around but they left when told that there weren't any decisions being made today apart from dates being set."
The new hearing is set for Tuesday February 14th 2006 i.e. Valentines Day "so hopefully they'll have a heart".
"The government have to respond to Gary's extradition defence by the middle of January."
N.B. this defence is purely on points of extradition law, and does not involve the opportunity to have any of the alleged evidence aginst him examined by a British court.
Next Friday, Gary's legal team is going to ask for the bail conditions to be relaxed over the Christmas and New Year period.