Early in August last year Alan Johnson, the then Home Secretary, gave his reasons as to why he could not stop computer hacker, Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US for trial. He stated it would be unlawful.
The 43 year old's family expects confirmation within days from the new government that the decisionto send Gary to the USA has been overturned.
His family and supporters have spent years fighting the extradition order, although previous Labour ministers refused to block the US bid. But the campaign won heavyweight backing from the Tories and Lib Dems, with David Cameron and Nick Clegg both previously voicing concern.
Foreign Secretary William Hague last week promised a fresh look at the extradition arrangements. Mr McKinnon's lawyer lobbied the new Home Secretary Theresa May on Saturday and urged her to overrule her predecessor.
A source close to the case said: "It's looking more likely Gary will face the courts in the UK rather than be sent to the USA."
I'm pleased for the man and his family, although this does raise some serious questions. Are our laws so badly written that they can be overturned so quickly or was the last labour government just bloody minded?