PAUL CHAMBERS, the man at the centre of the Twitter Joke Trial, will have his case heard before three judges after the UK High Court failed to come to a decision on his future.
Chambers is the man who jokingly threatened via Twitter to blow up an airport in the UK.
"Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit... otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!" he wrote.
His joke earned him the attention of UK law enforcement authorities and lost him his job. Chambers was convicted of sending a "menacing" message under UK communications laws, and has been appealing against his conviction ever since.
According to a Twitter message from the UK Judiciary, his case will now be heard by three judges after the High Court failed to come to a decision.
High Court: Paul Chambers v DPP update - Lord Justice Gross has ordered adjournment of case to be heard before constitution of three judges— Judicial Office (@JudiciaryUK) May 28, 2012
The news was greeted with disappointment by Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, who suggested that the trial over a joke was becoming a joke in itself.
Very sorry the ordeal of #TwitterJokeTrial continues for Paul Chambers. Clearly the law itself is a problem if judges can't agree.— Loz Kaye (@LozKaye) May 28, 2012
Writing in the New Statesman, Chambers' lawyer David Allen Green said that no date was set for the hearing. He said that the fact that the divisional court that has two judges could not decide was "exceptional".µ
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