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#UK Man’s Conviction for Threatening Tweet Overturned

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Paul Chambers, a 28 year old accountant from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, became a cause célèbre for the social networking website, Twitter, after he was charged as a result of a tweet he sent concerning Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport in 2010. Chambers “tweeted” “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 found guilty and ordered to pay a £385 fine and £600 in costs. He appealed to the U.K.’s Crown Court, but the Court upheld the verdict.

As reported by the U.K.’s First Post, on Friday, the U.K.’s High Court overturned Chambers’ conviction. The Lord Chief Justice noted that no one who saw Chambers’ tweet would have believed that it was a genuine bomb threat. The tweet was not sent to airport personnel. Chambers’ case gained widespread attention, with Chambers’ defense being taken up by high-profile politicians, lawyers and comedians, including Stephen Fry and Al Murray.