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November 22, 2010

Twitter bomb joker will take appeal to High Court

by Darren Allan

Paul Chambers is a name you’re likely to be familiar with now, given that he’s been splashed across the news the past couple of weeks.

He’s also known as the Twitter bomb joker, the man who rather unwisely tweeted a spur of the moment gag about blowing Robin Hood airport up when bad weather threatened his travel plans back in January.

The tweet landed him in hot water, hauled off by the police for questioning, and then eventually being convicted of “sending a menacing message”. He appealed against the verdict, which saw him fined and losing his job, the week before last, but the appeal was turned down.

The judge called the tweet “menacing in its content” and said that “any ordinary person reading this would see it in that way and be alarmed.”

A comment that many ordinary people disagreed with (thousands signing a petition), and celebrities for that matter, with comedians coming out in support of Chambers including Robert Mitchell, Dara O’Briain and the great Twitterer himself, Stephen Fry.

Folks on Twitter even started to re-tweet his original message, Spartacus style, and funds were donated to help cover his fine and court costs. It seems that all this has spurred Chambers on to launch an appeal to the High Court, a move he wasn’t sure he was going to make when the original appeal verdict was returned.

Today he tweeted: “Yes, probably to the detriment of my mental wellbeing, I am appealing the decision as best I can. Purple firebananas.” He added: “It was very tempting to draw a line to be honest, took a long time to weigh it up. I feel like I’m living in a goldfish bowl.”

According to the Guardian, his legal team will be led by Ben Emmerson QC, a specialist in human rights and European law who has previously won some high profile victories. We’ve a feeling some sense will finally be seen in this matter soon enough…

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