Long did not provide enough convincing evidence that he will face irreparable harm if he's sent back to the United States.  She noted that the percentage of American military deserters prosecuted in the U.S. has increased since 2002. However, she said the vast majority were not prosecuted, let alone jailed for desertion.
Under the court's ruling, if more than 50% of US deserters were being court-martialed than Long could have stayed in Canada, eh? What if Long's particular command was BCD Special happy for deserters? Oh well, guess he should have thought about that before he fled to a country with a Conservative government. One comment on the NYT article, I had to laugh when I read this quote:
As for Mr. Glass [NOTE: he's the deserter in the NYT story], he said he was between low-paying factory jobs in Indiana when he joined the National Guard six years ago.  But he said he had one crucial question for the recruiters before he signed. “They told me I’m not going to fight a war on foreign shores,” Mr. Glass said.  Maj. Nathan Banks, a spokesman for the Army, said, “recruiters would never have made a comment of that sort.”