I woke up this morning to see numerous people I follow on twitter saddened by the verdict that the twitter joke trial would continue on as originally set. This may come as a surprise and a sad thing to many people, but it not a surprise in the least to me. But first, a little background for those who may be unaware of the situation.
Paul Chambers (I am unable to find his twitter name in the three seconds I spent searching for it) was planning on meeting up with a friend, but required a flight to get there. There were delays however due to the weather and his flight was cancelled. That night from a hotel while joking with his friend @crazycolours he sent her the 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!!”. The authorities noticed this tweet, tracked it down to Paul Chambers and pressed charges for making a terrorist threat.
Originally he was given a conviction and a rather minor (considering the charges) £1,000 fine, however he chose to appeal this. That appeal happened today. He lost and according to The Guardian has been told his fine has been increased a further £2,000 for the proceedings that have taken place.
From what I’ve gathered so far, his defence relied on convincing the courts that this was a private conversation between himself and @crazycolours. The statements of his were not made publicly or directly to the airport. Also, they were purely said in jest, they were a joke with no actual intention of even considering following through with them. Continue reading