Monday, 11 August 2014

MH17 Tweet

As part of my ongoing cataloguing of the relationship between the Judiciary and Twitter/Twitter-related offences, I was glad to see that the following tweet "although offensive, the comments did not meet the required threshold for a criminal prosecution" Source: BBC:


Explaining the decision not to continue the case, a CPS spokesman said: “The legal guidance for such offences is that a communication sent has to be more than offensive to be contrary to the criminal law.
“Even though the content expressed in the communication is in bad taste, controversial or unpopular, and may cause offence to individuals or a specific community, this is not in itself sufficient reason to engage the criminal law.
“While there is no doubt that the comments will have been deeply upsetting to the families and simply offensive, the threshold for proceeding with a criminal charge is very high.
“The question that prosecutors have to answer in this case is not whether the message was offensive, but whether it was so grossly offensive that criminal charges could be brought.
“In this case, the comments made do not meet the required threshold for a criminal prosecution and the CPS have advised the families and the police that the proceedings against Mr [Mitchell] Chapman are to be discontinued.”
Source: ChronicleLive.co.uk

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