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A man who was convicted of posting a tasteless joke on Twitter about blowing up a UK airport plans to take his case to Blighty's High Court. Human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson will head up the legal fight for Paul Chambers, according to the Associated Press. Chambers, 27, of was arrested in January for posting a message on his …


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    1. Grease Monkey


      Sorry but the law says nothing about who it is sent to, just that it is sent over a public communications network. The fact that it could be viewed by anybody with an internet connection means that not only could the air port staff have seen it, but passengers could have seen it and neigbours of the airfield could have seen it.

      That's why the defence haven't picked up on it, it's a crap defence.

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    going to the courts go to a sensible response? PAH!

  2. Dave 15

    As normal

    The law is an ass.

    I'm sitting here with a fine for 500 for being out of the country 2 years without checking the dear DVLA managed to get the paperwork sent them.

    The fine was levied without my being aware or invited to court to defend myself

    The court then said I could make a statutory declaration and asked for my name and address... I gave them that in an email but apparently that wasn't good enough I should have realised I needed to phone them, and having not phoned them the fine will stand.

    The bailiffs managed to find my address in 2 hours of the court deciding I hadn't paid the fine, but neither the court nor DVLA found it - despite it being easy to find.

    Now I have to wonder whether my MP can do something before the bailiffs take my only means of getting to work... if they take it I can't work, if I can't work I can't pay a good deal more in taxes, and I will be claiming benefits.

    Of course, had the stupid Labour government not been so stupid and had realised that a stupid piece of paper saying you aren't using your car was worthless, stupid and likely to just trip up normally law abiding people who just happened to be out of the country for a long time with their car parked on private property then the whole thing wouldn't have happened.

    But to quote the 'lady' (hic) from the court ---- 'you didn't phone us, so there is nothing more that I will do, so you can just pay the fine'

    Strangely enough the VERY SAME court levied a fine of 60 for a guy caught speeding for the 4th time by the SAME camera on the SAME residential road by the SAME school in Cambridge - something that can kill - where as not having a piece of paper is clearly very much more serious.

    I am already looking abroad for more work, this time I won't ever return. You are welcome to the unpleasant, stupid, authoritarian, spy ridden, obnoxious shit hole we call Britain.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      That's nothing!

      Last year I got a £100 fine for sending the Inland Revenue my tax return and then leaving the country for a few months, only to return the following March to find a reminder saying that I hadn't sent my return and also a later dated notice about the fine.

      It's so unfair; the napkin I'd used had all the right details and everything!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Willkommen in Brittistan

      Be sure to pick a safe place to go. Safer than this one, with all of the usual stuff like abundant energy, food, military protection. Oh, and NEVER vote Liebour if you live in Oz/NZ.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To those saying they 'wouldn't dream of saying something like that'...

    Bollocks! I know I would in front of anyone if annoyed enough.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough.

    While the comment was undoubtedly stupid, this is the thin end of a massive wedge. If a tweet can be judged to be menacing even when no menace was intended, then it doesn't bode well.

    For example, a friend tweeted this today:

    Damn! My flight is delayed! I've got five hours to kill at the airport.

    Should this man be arrested for publicly posting his intention to start a 5 hour killing spree?

  5. Chris007

    As we say in Yorkshire

    "A blind man in a blizzard" could see it was a joke.

  6. Harry Tuttle


    Ahhhh! You just said:-

    '"You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" '

    You must be a terrorist!

    [Oh sh*t, I just said it too ... ]


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