David Allen Green (Jack of Kent) will, I am sure, cover this. He has been involved right from the beginning. So all I will say is that I am very sorry that our legal system does not seem to be able to accommodate a joke (albeit, not a great joke) and that our laws, designed to combat terror et al, seem to have handed a victory to terrorists in the sense that *British fair play* appears to have gone out of the window with this verdict. I am also sorry for Paul Chambers who now has a criminal record confirmed.
The judgment should be interesting….. It appears that the Court thought @paulchambers tweet was ‘obviously menacing”… I must not, of course, (Being interested in the *Rule of Law*) prejudge the publication of the judgment (*Assuming one will – unlikely) … but… I will in the sense of commenting on the *situation*…. and if our courts really think the tweet Paul Chambers posted on Twitter was a real threat and ‘menacing’ (Police/Airport staff did not appear to do so) then we really need to do some serious thinking about our civil liberties, our freedoms, and our stance on terror…
This is a disgrace and undermines my faith in our legal system…and, I suspect, many others will be of this view as well.
A lot of people do a great deal to support our legal system; the lawyers who work for not a lot of money at the coal face of daily law, government, those who support the the ideals of democracy – this case – judging by very obvious anger on twitter – has done a great deal to undermine public faith and belief in not British justice… but justice in England & Wales… (Scotland has a different legal system – Also Northern Ireland)
WE MUST DO – AND DESERVE – BETTER THAN THIS….
I won’t be arrested for saying this (I assume.. although nothing is certain, it would seem) …. I won’t be prosecuted for saying this (ditto) …. I do not practice… so I can’t even be censured… (pretty sure on that one). We really do need to sort our legal system out if it can bring about such an absurd and unjust result….. even if *The Law* justifies the decision of the judge as framed… if that is the case.. we need better laws..and we do deserve them.