By now, pretty much everyone has heard about Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil. Since news of the allegedly illegal killing started to spread, the public reaction has been remarkably hostile. For a while, it wasn't clear whether Palmer would face any legal consequences for his alleged actions. Late Friday, however, it was revealed that the Zimbabwean government has asked the United States to extradite Palmer. That's a significant development.
Whenever the alleged perpetrator of a crime is physically outside the prosecuting nation's boundaries, there are practical obstacles to prosecution. Although a nation can theoretically prosecute some