High Court split over Twitter bomb joke

The High Court has been unable to come to a decision over a bomb joke made over Twitter in 2010.

High Court split over Twitter bomb joke

Two years ago, Paul Chambers posted a now infamous Tweet in response to airport delays when he was trying to visit his girlfriend.

“Robin Hood airport is closed,” he tweeted. “You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s**t together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”

He was fined for sending “menacing electronic communication” and lost an initial appeal, but the High Court has been considering the case since February.

Chambers’ lawyer, David Allen Green, said the court’s two judges had been split on the decision and ordered a full rehearing. A date has yet to be set for the new hearing.

“A split divisional court is exceptional, and it appears that this may be only the second time it has happened this century,” he noted in a blog post at the New Statesman.

Chambers expressed dismay over the ongoing case. “[To be fair], I was expecting defeat and it’s not that,” said Chambers over Twitter. “But the hardest thing has been the waiting and now we have to wait some more.

“Sick to the back teeth of being at the whim of others,” he said.

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