Tommy Robinson Released on Bail by Court of Appeal
Free after Lord Chief Justice Burnett rules Leeds ‘conviction was illegal’
The Leeds court, in shocking speed, had given him 10 months for contempt of court and a further three for breaching a previous sentence, which had been suspended.
What is the penalty for a QC who completely buggers up a man’s life AND their own job? Are they de-wigged?
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The British Court of Appeal has released street organiser and citizen journalist Tommy Robinson from prison on bail, pending a fresh hearing over his contempt of court charge.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett quashed the contempt of court conviction handed to the former English Defence League leader in May, which saw the activist going from arrest to trial, and to prison in just five hours and under a blanket of enforced media silence.
Tomym Robinson being placed under arrest at Leeds Crown Court in May
The court’s written judgement stated the speed with which the original conviction was made “gave rise to unfairness”, and that there was a “lack of clarity” over evidence for the charge of contempt given to Robinson.
Further, the document states the original judge should have resisted “the temptation” to rule on Robinson’s behaviour there and then, as after he had offered to delete the video he created from Facebook the “urgency went out of the matter”. Instead, the judge should have referred the matter to the Attorney General rather than acting immediately.
Supporters of jailed English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, react outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on August 1, 2018 after Court of Appeal judges announced their decision on Robinson’s legal challenge after he was imprisoned for 13 months for contempt of court. / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
A supporter of jailed English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is seen holding a placard outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on August 1, 2018 / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
In all, the judgement found, the original case had the opportunity to “have avoided the risk of sacrificing fairness on the altar of [haste]”, but failed to take it.
Robinson’s defence team have maintained that the unusual speed with which he was jailed had led to “deficiencies” in the legal process. Continue reading Tommy Robinson Freed on Bail