School Seminar: It's no joke - reading between the and beyond the lines of the Twitter joke trial


Abstract 

In July 2012, the High Court finally cleared Paul Chambers of sending, by a public electronic communication network, a message of a "menacing character" contrary to sections 127(1)(a) and (3) of the Communications Act 2003, after 2.5 years of Kafkaesque machinations of the UK criminal justice system.

Lord Judge on behalf of the court gently eviscerated the chain of authority that pursued the case.  But how did it get that far and what are the striking parallels with another miscarriage of justice from an earlier era - the Shirley McKie fingerprint case? And how can we expand the public understanding of the importance of such cases?



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