It was pretty cool earlier this year when Tommy Robinson was jailed – whether you love him or hate him, I’m pretty sure if you understand the law then you can’t dispute that he was repeatedly in contempt of court which IS a jailable offence – but it looks like the courts have backed down and are going to release him following an appeal.
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At the Court Of Appeal, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett decided that the original hearing had ‘technical flaws’ and so quashed the judge’s findings and ruling. He said that Robinson must attend the Old Bailey to have the case reheard. Here’s the official line from him:
We are satisfied that the finding of contempt made in Leeds following a fundamentally flawed process, in what we recognise were difficult and unusual circumstances, cannot stand.
We will direct that the matter be reheard before a different judge.
I mean it would be kind of useful if we could understand what these technical flaws were that invalidated the original judgment – even if it was full of legal mumble jumble that I didn’t really understand or whatever – because I just get so annoyed when you’re just given a blanket term like ‘technical flaws’ or something. What does that even mean and why has it screwed up the trial? So frustrating – especially when it doesn’t work like that on Making A Murderer or what have you.
Anyway, no date for the retrial has been set yet but hopefully it will yield the same result. You never know.
For more of the same, here’s the letter Tommy Robinson wrote from inside prison. Read it and weep.