Black female Met Police firearms officer who won £40k at tribunal has all charges against her dropped – The Independent

‘PC Carol Howard was arrested and bailed for more than a year over eight different allegations, including assault, witness intimidation and possession of an indecent image of a child.’

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The Independent, 23rd September 2014

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Cow manure fetishist jailed for five years for death threats to farm owners – The Independent

‘A man with a fetish for rolling naked in cow manure has been sentenced to five years in jail after he threatened to kill a family when they tried to stop him from targeting their farm.’

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The Independent, 30th May 2014

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Feeling like burning down some mosques in Portsmouth, anyone want to join me?': Woman avoids jail after post-Woolwich Facebook comments – The Independent

“A 24-year-old woman who posted racist comments on Facebook following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby has avoided a jail sentence.”

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The Independent, 14th June 2013

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Chambers v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Chambers v Director of Public Prosecutions [2012] EWHC 2157 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 234
“A message which did not create fear or apprehension in those to whom it was communicated, or who may reasonably have been expected to see it, was not of a ‘menacing character’ within the meaning section 127(1)(a) of the Communications Act 2003. That provision created an offence of basic intent and, accordingly, the mental element of the offence was satisfied if the accused were proved to have intended that the message should have been of menacing character or alternatively, to have been aware of or to have recognised the risk at the time of sending the message that it might have created fear or apprehension in any reasonable member of the public who had read or seen it. Moreover, a ‘tweet’ sent via the social networking site Twitter, was ‘a message’ sent by an electronic communications service for the purposes of section 127(1) of the 2003 Act regardless of whether the tweet was read as a ‘message’ or as content on the website.”

WLR Daily, 27th July 2012

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Twitter users “free to speak not what they ought to say, but what they feel” – UK Human Rights Blog

“The famous ‘Twitter joke’ conviction of Paul Chambers has been overturned on appeal, bringing welcome clarity to what is and what is not an offence of this type. On discovering a week before he was due to take a flight that the airport was closed due to adverse weather conditions, he tweeted that ‘I am blowing the airport sky high!!’ unless the situation was resolved by the time of his flight. He was convicted of sending a message of a ‘menacing character’, but has had the conviction quashed on appeal, on the basis that, as it was a joke, it was not of a menacing character.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th July 2012

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‘Twitter joke’ case only went ahead at insistence of DPP – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions (DPP) stopped his staff dropping the case against Paul Chambers, author of the ‘Twitter joke’ about blowing up Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire, it has been claimed.”

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The Guardian, 29th July 2012

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Twitter joke trial became confrontation with judicial establishment – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2012 in airports, internet, news, threatening to destroy or damage property by sally

“Paul Chambers’s conviction shows the law’s difficulties in discriminating between tones of voice in emails, tweets and texts.”

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The Guardian, 27th July 2012

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Robin Hood Airport tweet bomb threat man wins case – BBC News

“A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet threatening to blow up an airport has won a challenge against his conviction.”

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BBC News, 27th July 2012

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Twitter joke case appeal judgment due – The Guardian

“A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet after making a joke about blowing up an airport is to learn the outcome of his challenge against conviction.”

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The Guardian, 27th July 2012

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Regina v A (B) – WLR Daily

Regina v A (B) [2012] EWCA Crim 1529; [2012] WLR (D) 199

“Whether an offence charged involved an assault on, or injury or threat of injury to, the spouse or civil partner of the person charged, so that the spouse or civil partner was a compellable witness under section 80(2A)(3) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, was to be determined solely by reference to the terms of the indictment and not by reference to the evidence to be adduced about the circumstances of the particular offence.”

WLR Daily, 11th July 2012

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Twitter joke trial: man who threatened to blow up airport wins fresh hearing – The Guardian

“A man who tweeted a joke threat to ‘blow up’ Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire has lost his attempt to overturn the judgment – but will now be tried all over again.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2012

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Where are the judges fit for the internet age? – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2012 in internet, judiciary, news, threatening to destroy or damage property by sally

“Twitter and Facebook are having a transformational effect on the nature of secrecy and access.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2012

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#WithoutPrejudice 19 podcast: The Leveson Inquiry and The Twitter Joke Trial appeal – Charon QC

Posted February 13th, 2012 in internet, media, podcasts, privacy, threatening to destroy or damage property by sally

“On the panel tonight – Carl Gardner, David Allen Green, Dr Evan Harris and Charon QC.”

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Charon QC, 9th February 2012

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

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Judgment reserved in Twitter airport threat appeal – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2012 in appeals, judgments, news, threatening to destroy or damage property by sally

“Two senior judges have retired to consider whether a Twitter message threatening to blow up a snowbound Doncaster airport was a joke or a menace to society.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2012

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Twitter joke case reaches high court – The Guardian

“A Doncaster man who said on Twitter that he would blow up a snowbound airport if it was not reopened in time for him to fly to see his girlfriend will appeal to the high court in London on Wednesday to overturn a criminal conviction for menacing use of a public communication system.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2012

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Doncaster Twitter bomb threat man starts appeal – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2010 in appeals, fines, news, threatening to destroy or damage property by sally

“A trainee accountant from Doncaster who posted a message on Twitter threatening to blow up an airport has started an appeal against his conviction.”

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BBC News, 24th September 2010

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Man who threatened to kill Cheryl Cole jailed – Daily Telegraph

“A man who threatened to kill singer Cheryl Cole and blow up a football stadium has been jailed for two years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2010

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Ascot racehorse kill threat man sentenced – BBC News

Posted January 5th, 2010 in news, sentencing, threatening to destroy or damage property by sally

“A man who threatened to kill a top racehorse in a bid to avoid gambling debts of £55,000 has been given a 34-week suspended jail term.”

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BBC News, 4th January 2010

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