Boston judge clears way to send man to Scotland
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has certified the extradition of a Massachusetts man facing an attempted murder charge in Scotland for allegedly poisoning another student’s wine.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal issued the order against Alexander Hilton of Princeton on Friday.
The certification will be stayed for 60 days to allow Hilton to file for review.
Scottish authorities say Hilton was studying at the University of St. Andrews in Fife in March 2011 when he spiked another American’s wine with methanol. Authorities say the other student suffered severe nausea and headaches, temporarily lost vision and would have died had he not gone to the hospital.
Hilton is fighting extradition. His lawyers say their client is mentally ill and sending him to the UK is in violation of his constitutional rights. Hilton remains free on bail.