Twitter Joke Trial Goes To High Court

The man convicted and fined for tweeting in jest that he was going to blow up an airport is planning to present his case to the high court.

Paul Chambers was originally fined £1,000 for tweeting that he was going to blow Robin Hood airport “sky high” as a joke, which a judge later claimed demonstrated “menace”. He also lost his job over the controversial message.

According to the BBC, Chambers now intends to appeal against the conviction in the High Court, with his legal team calling his conviction a “test case.” This is because Chambers was the first person to ever be convicted under the Communications Act for a misdemeanor involving a social network.

David Allen Green his soliciter said: "We want to establish what constitutes a menacing communication, what should be the level of intent required for the offence to be committed, and whether or not Paul's message was sent by means of a public electronic communications network."

Chambers has already attempted to appeal against the original verdict but this was overturned by Doncaster crown court, causing angry twitterers to start re-posting the offending message under the #iamspartacus hashtag in protest.

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