Paul Chambers the 27 year old UK Accountant awaits the outcome of a High Court appeal against his infamous ‘Twitter Joke Trial’ for which he was initially convicted and fined. Chambers was ordered to pay a £1000 in fines and costs resulting from an incident concerning England’s Robin Hood Airport. During early January 2010, cold weather had resulted in disruption across northern England. Robin Hood Airport was one of many airports forced to cancel flights. Chambers intending to catch a flight posted a message on Twitter: “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” Chambers was arrested by anti-terror police for making a bomb threat, after an off-duty manager at the airport found the message. Chambers had his mobile phone, laptop and desktop hard drive confiscated during a search of his house. He was later charged with “sending a public electronic message that was grossly menacing”. The conviction has been widely condemned as unfair, and referred to as a miscarriage of justice. The comedian and television presenter Stephen Fry has offered to pay Chambers’ legal bill.


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