Twitterati in Court to Support Paul Chambers' "Bomb" Joke Appeal

By Gary Cutlack on at

Today sees the unfortunately famous Paul Chambers attend the high court, to learn of the fate of his appeal for making that joke on Twitter. The joke about bombing Doncaster's Robin Hood airport.

The most senior judge in England and Wales will be among those present to decide if Paul's conviction for sending his "menacing" tweet should be allowed to stand. The joke in question, posted to Twitter during a snowy spell two and a half years ago, went "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!!"

Not particularly amusing in itself, but Paul's comment was taken seriously enough by authorities to get him convicted and fined £1,000 for "sending a public electronic message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character."

If you want to know the result of today's appeal before everyone else, Twitter leading light Stephen Fry's live-tweeting from within the court. [Guardian]