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  • CPS insanity

    by Kulvinder
    10th May, 2010 at 2:59 pm    

    Paul Chambers has been found guilty of threatening to blow an airport ‘sky high’; you might think him to be some sort of fanatical lunatic who published credible threats against people or property.

    Infact, in frustration, he simply told a joke.

    hat tip to JackofKent

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    1. Sunny — on 10th May, 2010 at 3:11 pm  

      Jeebus, I remember it when that story first came to light. That this is actually going to trial is truly insane

    2. Kulvinder — on 10th May, 2010 at 3:16 pm  

      Sunny its gone to trial, the fuckers found him guilty :(

      £1000 fine, and far more importantly a criminal record; in practical terms hes not only going to find it difficult to find a job if he has to declare any convictions but simple things like car insurance are out of bounds from mainstream sources; and whichever household he lives in will probably be better off not even bothering to insure their property as the premiums will go through the roof.

      All over a fucking joke!

    3. adambanksdotcom — on 10th May, 2010 at 3:20 pm  

      This is awful and ridiculous.

      Please be aware that the Independent story you’ve linked is inaccurate. Chambers did NOT deny sending the tweet and originally pleaded guilty on legal advice; he revised his plea when it turned out the CPS had misunderstood the legislation under which, very unusually, it charged him. Correct details here

    4. Kulvinder — on 10th May, 2010 at 3:23 pm  

      ok ive removed the Indy link to avoid confusion; if anyone wants the background read jackofkent first

    5. earwicga — on 10th May, 2010 at 4:22 pm  

      There is more background here:

      Paul Chambers got the full ‘terrorist treatment’ from the police, was suspended from his job and has been banned from Robin Hood Airport for life. And now a criminal conviction and a fine.

      An utter farce!

    6. not_marvin — on 10th May, 2010 at 6:28 pm  

      And you want an alliance with the fuckers that made this travesty of a law?! What a joke!

      We could all potentially end up in prison if we make the wrong kind of joke. Freedom of speech has clearly been a very low priority for Labour in it’s 13 years of governance and arresting of 77 year old men at Labour conferences under terrorism laws.

    7. Rumbold — on 10th May, 2010 at 8:03 pm  


    8. Shamit — on 10th May, 2010 at 8:15 pm  

      ditto rumbold

    9. Shatterface — on 10th May, 2010 at 8:54 pm  

      Fancy prosecuting someone for threatening to commit terrorist acts on an airport named after a mythical ‘terrorist’.

      Next they’ll be prosecuting people for distributing atheist literature at an airport named after someone who sang ‘Imagine there’s no heaven…’

    10. Kulvinder — on 10th May, 2010 at 8:55 pm  

      The one point worth considering and that i forgot to mention is if you’re ever, god forbid, in a similar situation never take the magistrates court option; they’re arseholes. I know its scarier but always always opt for the full crown trial; the CPS are likely to be less keen as its costlier and any sane jury won’t convict you.

    11. KJB — on 10th May, 2010 at 11:19 pm  

      Utterly speechless. Disgrace is the right word. Liberties angle aside, we need to avoid wasting money, and this man was prosecuted for telling a joke?!

    12. Shatterface — on 11th May, 2010 at 1:45 am  

      Someone remind me how much it costs the tax payer to keep someone in prison per week?

    13. Kismet Hardy — on 11th May, 2010 at 2:46 am  

      Ooh I know the answer to that. £500. That’s about £60 shy of an ounce of smack.

    14. Kismet Hardy — on 11th May, 2010 at 2:52 am  

    15. kris — on 11th May, 2010 at 8:26 am  

      ah yes, the old “it was a joke” defence.

      Bollix to this moron.

    16. douglas clark — on 11th May, 2010 at 11:23 am  

      This is, of course, the flip side of our fear of terrorism and our lack of common sense.

      Someone on the Jack of Kent thread mentioned the concept of overcriminalisation, in the sense that even trivial offences are prosecuted. The worst that should, perhaps, have happened to this chap is for the Police to have warned him about his future behaviour.

    17. Ravi Naik — on 11th May, 2010 at 11:50 am  

      Apart from the stupidity and blatant abuse of power, something needs to be said about the age of twitter - where every moron feels the need to channel what they think at any point of time to millions of people without any sort of filter.

    18. douglas clark — on 12th May, 2010 at 12:57 am  

      Ravi Naik,

      It is pretty obvious that this whole internet thingy opens up discussion or debate to idiots. The good side of that is that I quite like and respect some guy called Ravi Naik. The downsides are to numerous to mention.

      I would hazard that the age of twitter - which I haven’t really worked out how to use exactly - seems to make the fundamental mistake of assuming that what you say is a manifesto, rather than a throw away remark.

      Rest assured, if you were to become important enough to merit it, some pathetic person would dig out whatever you said yonks ago and claim that that was you. And you couldn’t change your opinion, or viewpoint and that they had won.

      This is not a liberating technology in that sense, it is very, very limiting.

      Dunno why me saying, say, very bad stuff about a politico should be pulled out of the archives. What I may, or may not, have thought about Margaret Thatcher, and most of it would have involved things I would refute now, but believed at the time. It would make me a prisoner to my past.

      In other words, Chris Mounsey would have been a beginner at the sweary stuff. I hated that woman with a vengance.

      That suits a section of our friends. The idea that, because you thought something once, it is the end of you. Much easier to prove in the internet age, isn’t it?

      It is a sort of stasis in political development. I’d like to see how it would have applied, nowadays, to the likes of Churchill, who would have been torn apart by the chatterati, who have, perhaps all of his history in front of them.

      It is a cheap and vindictive form of debate.

    19. Janus — on 12th May, 2010 at 5:24 pm  

      “The good side of that is that I quite like and respect some guy called Ravi Naik”

      What a disturbing sycophant you are Douglas, every other comment of yours seems to be some pitiful appeal to be loved.

      You do know this is not a dating site don’t you? And you only seem to be this obsequious to men as well.

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