Trial free girl
During the course of the 75-minute video, Robinson openly declared “there is a reporting restriction on this case,” acknowledged that he was already on a suspended sentence for contempt of court and said “I have to be super-careful.” The closing moments of the video showed police arresting Robinson outside the court for breach of the peace, a public order offense.Later that day, Judge Geoffrey Marson of Leeds Crown Court gave Robinson a 13-month prison sentence for contempt of court and violating his existing suspended sentence, ruling that the content of his Facebook Live video had the potential to prejudice and collapse the ongoing trial. No one could possibly conclude that it [the video] would be anything other than highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trial. That’s one of the most important rights that we have. The responsibility to exercise that freedom of speech within the law.Some of these are in place by default, while others require a court order and are at the discretion of judges.For example, the complainant, or victim, in a sexual assault case cannot be named, unless they waive their automatic right to anonymity, but it might require a court order for the media to be restrained from publishing the identity of — for example — a minor or a vulnerable witness.You were told very clearly by the security staff at this court that you were to stop filming.Robinson was given a three-month prison sentence, but it was suspended for 18 months on the condition that he did not commit any more criminal offenses.In that way, the “prejudice” being avoided can relate to the same trial or a future trial involving the same defendants or complainants, or relating to the same events or circumstances.
In the video, Robinson confronted men whom he presented as defendants in an ongoing child sexual abuse case, made it clear it was his aim to identify them and show their faces on camera, named several men and listed the purported charges against them, and in one instance encouraged the “mainstream media” to harass a man he had earlier shown on camera, as he arrived in court.
We are postponing publication to ensure that the trial is fair.
If the jurors in my present trial get to know of this video I will no doubt be faced with an application to discharge the jury.
Robinson accused police of helping the defendants “escape.” In sentencing him on , Judge Heather Norton said: This is not about free speech…
not about the freedom of the Press, nor about legitimate journalism, and not about political correctness.
According to the , some of the charges Robinson associated with named defendants were inaccurate.