|Tommy can you hear me?|
Reporting restrictions, especially live streaming in an ongoing trial, are not there for nothing. If some amateur with a camera films defendants arriving at court in an ongoing case, streams their faces live on social media before the day’s proceedings have even started, and then adds his own perception that they are all guilty before a verdict has been reached, along with his own opinions, this can sway public opinion, along with that of the jurors, should they see it. That means, even if it has no effect on the decision of the Jury, those on trial can call a mistrial based on the claim that the premature footage did, can, or will, bias the Jury. In other words, Tommy Robinson put the trial in danger of the defendants being able to claim a mistrial due to public opinion having been swayed, and get off scot free, even if they were as guilty as hell.
For those girls and their families who have had their lives destroyed by these Muslim rape gangs, all they had left in the hope of closure was at least having the peace of mind that their rapists would see justice. The actions of Robinson, who didn’t have the brains just to check that Friday was the day the verdict was due, or whether the trial was still ongoing, could also have resulted in immeasurable hours of police manpower bringing this investigation to court being flushed down the toilet. If Robinson is so stupid that he hadn’t the nous just to check with the court and ask just one simple question, if it was the last day of the trial or whether it was ongoing, because he wants to look the hard man on social media, then his stupidity means that far from being the nationalist and champion of the victims of Muslim rape gangs that he portrays himself as, he is in fact bringing the entire nationalist movement into disrepute and damaging police investigations and closure for those little girls.
Not only did Robinson not bother to check with the court, his stupidity held no bounds in the fact that he was on a suspended prison sentence for doing the exact same thing, for committing contempt of court over a gang rape case heard in Canterbury last year. That was another trial he put in danger of collapsing and the rapists walking free. After he was handed down that suspended sentence, and his lawyer explaining to him the law regarding filming before verdicts are reached, he believed he was so bomb-proof that he could do it again. In each of those trials, he handed the defence the golden egg from the golden goose, for the guilty to claim a mistrial based on not getting a fair hearing. This has set back all the hard work that nationalists for years have been campaigning for. For those who really don’t get this, with their tears for poor old Tommy, this is the law:
“Statutory contempt law bans the media from publishing or broadcasting, including on the internet, any comments or information that might seriously prejudice active legal proceedings, in particular criminal proceedings heard before juries. The concern is that a juror might hear or see something outside of the courtroom that would sway him/her when he/she is deciding whether an accused person is innocent or guilty.”
In short, once legal proceedings become “active”, it is a criminal offence for media organisations to broadcast material which would create “a substantial risk of serious prejudice” to the proceedings. Criminal proceedings become “active” as soon as one of the following has occurred: a person is arrested, a warrant for arrest is issued, a summons has been issued, or a person has been charged, and they remain so until such time as the accused has been acquitted or convicted. Furthermore, liability for statutory contempt is ‘strict’, which means that the broadcaster’s and programme-maker’s knowledge or intention is irrelevant, as is the fact that no actual prejudice was caused in a particular case – the risk of prejudice is sufficient. If contempt is committed intentionally, however, it would be punished even more severely. Common law contempt consists of any other action which is intended to interfere with the administration of justice, for example a sustained campaign by the media to influence legal proceedings. Proceedings need not be active.
Sympathy for Robinson? He has now put two trials at risk of collapse, and destroyed the victims’ only hope of justice and closure. For what? If some clown cannot make a simple phone call to the Court, as a ‘journalist’, as he calls himself, to check that Friday was the last day of proceedings, or if it was still ongoing, to ensure he was not breaking the law in any shape or form, especially given he had already been convicted for the exact same thing and was on a suspended prison sentence that would immediately put him straight back in prison, then save your tears and save your outpouring, because we don’t want to hear it.
Genuine nationalism is about staying within the law and checking up on the law before you undertake any activism, i.e. checking that the area you are protesting in is a public space that will give you the legal right to peaceful protest by law. This is because a nationalist in prison is a totally useless nationalist. I for one will not be banded in the same section of society that is the fame seeking world of Tommy Robinson. He is now in prison because of his own stupidity and desire for fame. Tommy Robinson has damaged nationalism and his stupidity is in part responsible for the new laws being passed through Parliament to restrict nationalist movement. Save your tears, money, and join a real nationalist party, one that has conducted itself in a manner that has avoided prison sentences for it’s leaders for 51 years.
Finally, don’t even think about classifying the case of Robinson with those of political prisoners, such as Jeremy Bedford-Turner, whose was the result of pressure on the CPS, after it had ruled that he had committed no crime and that there was no case to answer. Robinson’s actions have jeopardised any appeal by genuine victims of the state like Bedford-Turner. Robinson, like Anne Marie Waters, does not care about real nationalists, the victims or those who send him their hard-earned cash, but is interested in self-promotion and fame.
Robinson has made a laughing stock of all of you who have bought into him, and if you can’t find some champion of the people who has the nous to check with the court first by means of a simple enquiry on the phone or research reporting restrictions beforehand, then there’s no hope for you. Robinson now being in prison is not the fault of the courts, the police, the CPS, the Commie establishment, or the old woman who lives down the lane. He is there through his own stupidity, arrogance and quest for fame.