Here is a decent thread from Twitter explaining what happened with the arrest of Tommy Robinson yesterday.
As Tommy is a well known person, and as there is a tendency to gossip, speculate, then do analysis on speculation on the internet, it is very hard to get a proper understanding of important events quite often.
As this is a British legal matter, I asked a British lawyer, Gavin Boby, who was, if memory serves, a Crown Attorney for a while as well.
This is what he had to say:
“… it does look like overuse of excessive restriction in this case, probably based on his identity. Ie bad law misapplied, to get an individual.”
“The issue appears to be not so much about breach of the peace as about contempt of court and preventing prejudice to trials. That’s something the courts are hard on and probably should be, but from what I can tell so far the law on that looks excessive, and over applied in this case, to get someone they find troublesome.”
The thread to which he refers is this one. Please take your time and crawl down this information stream from Twitter:
First post on it:
The judge in Tommy Robinson’s case, Denise Marson, pulled a neat trick today.
She threw him in jail for 13 months, and banned anyone in the UK from talking about it.
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) May 25, 2018