AC is a Merkin?
We don't do freedom of speech the same over here chum. Here are a list of things which are criminal speech in the UK (ie, illegal to express), which override the concept of free speech:
Incitement to riot
Incitement to racial hatred
Incitement to religious hatred
Incitement to terrorism
Dissemination of terrorist publications
Threatening, abusive or insulting speech or behaviour
Treason, including imaging the death of the monarch*
Indecency or corruption of public morals/outraging public decency
Prior restraint of the material
Scandalizing the court (eg criticizing a judge)
These cretins attempted to incite a riot. The sentences should be increased from normal, since the country itself was in an aggravated state due to prior rioting.
As to 'ruining these boy's lives', these are two people who on hearing about the riots, thought "I know, lets smash up and steal stuff from my local town" - they've ruined their own lives.
* We may be able to get Big Ears convicted on this one