Contempt and the 2 tier system: Naomi Long Vs Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson was held in Contempt of court and jailed for 13 months recently for appearing outside a grooming trial and repeating public information from a local newspaper, he also attempted to interview what he seems to have believed were defendants. Tommy was pushed away though and there was no info garnered.

I don’t know whether this is legally contempt of court or not.

On the other side of the 2 tier spectrum though we have a clear case of Contempt of Court from Naomi Long (former MP), Northern Ireland’s most popular leftist and #Metoo campaigner with 30k heavy politicized followers.

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During the trial of 4 Rugby players, two of whom were charged with rape Naomi tweeted out details of what the defence had said and added some feminist critique of the statements.

From the bbc:

“The tweet, by Naomi Long, criticised Frank O’Donoghue QC for remarks he made in court concerning the alleged victim.

He said: “Why didn’t she scream? A lot of very middle-class girls were downstairs, they were not going to tolerate a rape or anything like that.

“Why didn’t she scream the house down?”

On Twitter, Naomi Long described the comments as appalling: “I genuinely have no words for how atrocious this statement is,” she posted.

“Middle-class girls? What? Because ‘working-class girls’ wouldn’t care/don’t matter/think rape is normal?

“What is the implication of that comment even meant to be? Appalling at every level.”

The comment was re-tweeted 36 times and received 277 likes, the court was told.

‘Substantial risk of prejudice’

After the tweet was published, the barrister told the court: “The trial is on a knife edge. The jury is just about to go out to consider its verdicts.

“The timing of Ms Long’s opinion on social media could not be more unfortunate, to put it mildly.”

He added: “Ms Long’s intervention is such as to create a substantial risk of prejudice.

“That this cannot be cured. And that, regrettably, this jury shall now have to be stood down and discharged.”

The case was held up for an hour. In the end, the judge rejected the application for the jury to be discharged and the case continued.

Two days later, Ireland and Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson, 26, and team mate Stuart Olding, 25, were unanimously acquitted of all charges against them.

‘Arguments rejected’

An Alliance Party spokesperson said: “”We are always conscious of our responsibilities when making any comment related to live court proceedings and exercise great care to avoid any remarks which could be construed as prejudicial.

“The tweets related to a comment from a counsel’s closing address regarding class and not evidence before the court, were entirely unrelated to and made no reference or inference whatsoever to the guilt or innocence of those on trial.

“Legal contentions alleging prejudice in the context of various remarks on social media were put before the trial judge and after careful consideration, she rejected those arguments, a view reinforced by the Attorney General.”

What we have in the UK is a system where leftists and those in the #CommonPurpose fold can benefit from working totally outside the law.

The Rugby players were all found totally not guilty on all charges.

In addition to this the Judge who is presumably #CommonPurpose has refused to award the defendants costs despite their being found innocent. The Rugby players have also lost their jobs, this is discrimination but again thats ok if the lefties give it the go go.

 

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