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IPL chairman Lalit Modi is being sued by New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns over a tweet accusing Cairns of match fixing tweet. Photograph: AP Twitter, it seems, has lost its innocence.
Despite being alluded to by many a fine blogger, including David Allen Green and @flayman and even the odd journalist , it wasn’t until I attended Court 2 of Doncaster Crown Court on Friday 24 th August 2010 that I realised I was getting the emphasis in #TwitterJokeTrial all wrong. I now realise that it is not “#Twitter Joke: ( The) Trial ” but in fact is “#Twitter: ( The) Joke Trial ”. The sheer ridiculousness of the case against Paul Chambers is astonishing. The whole series of jobsworth decisions from the Airport Duty Manager who originally discovered the message, through to his Line Manager, the Police, then the Crown Prosecution Service and ultimately the Magistrate who convicted Paul, handing him a £1000 fine and a criminal record that would see him lose not one but two jobs, is mindboggling.
The head of MI5 has warned we must take the threat of new Islamist atrocities seriously. If the abuse of antiterrorist legislation in the Paul Chambers case is a guide, the people who most need reminding of the importance of seriousness, are MI5's colleagues in the criminal justice system. The 27-year-old worked for a car parts company in Yorkshire. He and a woman from Northern Ireland started to follow each other on Twitter. He liked her tweets and she liked his and boy met girl in a London pub. They got on as well in person as they did in cyberspace.
Saturday, September 25, 2010 by Charon QC David Allen Green will do the serious comment on the continuing saga of the #Twitterjoketrial – as he has done since the beginning. [ His blog is here ] My only observation, having read the Guardian piece early this morning, is… that the Rule of Law is actually important in our country – and it really does not help public confidence in our legal system when we have prosecutions based on what was clearly a joke. It is becoming more clear that even the Police and the airport authorities at Robin Hood airport were of that view – not good that some evidence was, apparently, not disclosed at the original trial according to the Guardian report.
Robin Hood airport, Doncaster, which attracted Paul Chambers' ire when it was closed because of snow. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA He was a courting lover who ended up with a criminal conviction after saying on Twitter he would blow an airport "sky high" if it wasn't reopened to let him fly to see his new girlfriend in Northern Ireland.