Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry Backs Appeal Over Twitter Conviction
British funnyman Stephen Fry headed to London's High Court on Wednesday (26Jun12) to support a Twitter user attempting to overturn his conviction for joking online about blowing up an airport.
Last year (11) Paul Chambers was found guilty of sending a menacing electronic communication for writing a message on the microblogging website in which he threatened to attack Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, England.
He's adamant his tweet was written in frustration after he missed a flight when runways were closed due to poor weather, insisting he didn't believe any of his followers would take his "silly" joke seriously.
Fry, who backed Chambers and even held a benefit event to raise funds for his legal fees, flanked the 27 year old as he returned to the High Court in the U.K. capital in his second attempt to have his conviction quashed. His first appeal was denied last November (11).
Before heading into the hearing, Fry told his Twitter fans, "It's twittertrial day today: Paul Chambers still needs support & help as his case hits the high Court. All for an obvious (if silly) joke."
He later added, "Had to leave the court. Busy day. Lcj (Lord Chief Justice) listening to opening submission. God I hope common sense & natural justice prevail."
Chambers and Fry were joined by British comedian Al Murray.