Criminal Justice System: Adults with Autism — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair]

Part of Backbench Business – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 30th January 2018.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield 2:30 pm, 30th January 2018

My hon. Friend is making such a good speech, which has stimulated me to remind him that the court system very often derides professional opinion about the facts of autism. Professor Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge is probably the best-known expert on autism in the country. In the recent case of Lauri Love, who is in danger of being sent to the United States where he will almost certainly be in danger of committing suicide, the professor’s evidence was dismissed out of hand. In fact, he was attacked as an expert when he was in court. Does my hon. Friend agree that professionals who know about autism have been disregarded in a number of cases?