What's annoying me at the moment is that so many people are spouting half-baked rubbish based on half-known facts. Even M'learned friends are getting in on the act when they only know half of the story. I realise the legal blogger could only write about the facts of the case as they were presented in Court and written up by the msm but - BIG but - she'd have done better to keep quiet until she knew the full facts rather than comment on half a story.
Olly had already been acquitted of harassment; these lesser charges under the Telecommunications Act were an 'okay, we failed so let's get him for this' act of desperation - and, of course, the CPS and Courts obliged (and all within three weeks apparently. My, how the wheels of Justice whizz when they want to).
The whole story is here: Bexley is Bonkers, which is a completely different site to Olly's You've Been Cromwelled. The following extract is from today's BisB:
"So Bexley council is lying to the Daily Mail now. When will they ever learn that it is constant lying that has been their undoing? Lying to the electorate, lying to the police, lying to newspapers. When will it stop?For those in media/legal circles who still don't get it: the real story here is local corruption and the attempt to silence legitimate concerns; these are the root issues, not a swear word, so get digging and report the truth.
“The council is totally supportive of freedom of expression and political debate.” Funny then that they all but closed down debate at council meetings, banished it totally when 2,219 people signed a petition and just a year ago persuaded the police to send me a warning of arrest for criticising councillors."
Calling Someone A C* on Twitter...
UPDATE: HERE is EuReferendum's take on it
UPDATE2: From someone who was in Court: The 'District Judge' (do they mean Magistrate?) said, “It is quite clear from the words used that there was every intention to insult Melvin Seymour.” That's true, there was every intention to insult the Councillor. The question is: When has insulting a Councillor been a criminal offence? Link