Skip to comments.April Jones: Matthew Woods jailed for Facebook posts about missing 5 year old
Posted on 10/08/2012 9:37:35 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
A Lancashire man who posted offensive comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones has been jailed for 12 weeks.
Matthew Woods, 20, made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing Madeline McCann.
He appeared at Chorley Magistrates' Court where he admitted sending a grossly offensive public electronic communication.
Woods, of Eaves Lane, Chorley, was handed the maximum sentence.
Chairman of the bench, magistrate Bill Hudson, said his comments were so serious and "abhorrent" that he deserved the longest sentence they could pass, less a third to give credit for his early guilty plea.
Mark Bridger, 46, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court earlier charged with April's murder.
He is also charged with child abduction and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
“You dont think vile speech is recognizable by common sense?”
Obama-appointed judges and US attorneys would determine FR was a “Vile” site and close it down.
Don’t kid yourself.
“Obama-appointed judges and US attorneys would determine FR was a Vile site and close it down.”
They’ll do that anyway if we allow it. This isn’t a black and white issue, there are a thousand shades of gray.
There is no need for us to accept vile behavior just because we are afraid of the government. Its an example of how the enemies of freedom are using our own system to destroy us.
Was responding to another poster’s scenario.
Although I think we should tighten up this free speech biz in the US, slander has a definite legal meaning and criterion in the US. In the UK, a whole different ballgame.
“So, if you were at say, your Moms funeral, and some d-bag decided it would be funny to stand around making crude insinuations about her chastity and virtue, that should be OK, because its freedom of speech? This guy went out of his way to find a facebook tribute page and troll it in order to deliberately cause upset”
Anybody who beats the living hell out of such a person should be fined 10 cents for the first offense and 15 cents for each subsequent offense. Should he inadvertently go too far with the beating, increase the fine to 25 cents.