Judges could take weeks to decide Twitter joke appeal
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 at 16:00
The Twitter joke trial is set to drag on for a few more weeks, after High Court judges reserved a decision on the defendant’s appeal.
Paul Chambers, at the centre of the storm following a joke that backfired, was convicted in May 2010 for “menacing electronic communication”, and has been fighting an appeal since September the same year.
His was arrested after a tweet – "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" – expressing frustration at snow disrupting travel plans.
The judges - Lord Judge, Mr Justice Owens and Mr Justice Griffith Williams - will now deliberate whether to overturn the initial conviction.
It’s unclear when a judgement might be made, with predictions from legal experts of between two and eight weeks, although Chambers' legal team was optimistic.
“The Twitter joke trial appeal went as well as it could have done. Now we wait...” said David Allen Green, part of Chambers’ legal team on his Twitter stream. “No idea when the appeal decision will be, but judges said they were well aware of the length this appeal has taken so far.”
Earlier this year, a divisional court ordered a new hearing after failing to reach a decision on the case, and today was Chambers’ seventh day in court.
A good chance for the English courts...
... To show that the law is not THAT much of an ass and undo some of the harm this absurd case has done to the respect with which it and its practitioners are held.
By qpw3141 on 27 Jun 2012
The Courts have proven time & time again that the Law as it stands is not merely an Ass, but one that's wilfully ignorant and ill-informed.
Without rehearsing the arguments, it should be clear that Law made to appease Multi-national Capitalism and\ or far-right political neocons and\or Daily Snail readers is BAD Law.
The courts in NZ have shown a bit more bottle, presumably becuase Kiwis really di have a gut belief in giving a bloke a fair do.
I'm no fan of Kim Dotcom, but had his case happened in Blighty, he'd have been rendered to some filthy punishment centre in Arizona by now.....
By wittgenfrog on 28 Jun 2012
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