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Tommy Robinson attended media law ‘training session’ at Kingsley Napley

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Court of Appeal reserves decision over former EDL leader’s claim that 13-month sentence is excessive

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Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson attended a media law training session with London law firm Kingsley Napley, it emerged yesterday. News of Robinson’s attendance at the media skills course came as three judges heard his appeal against a 13-month prison sentence for contempt of court.

Robinson, who appeared under his real name of Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed in May after he filmed outside a criminal trial and broadcast the footage online. The clip was watched about 250,000 times within hours of being posted on social media.

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The Court of Appeal heard yesterday how Robinson — along with members of the Canadian-based news website, The Rebel Media — attended a “rigorous” media law training session hosted by Kingsley Napley. The session, which is understood to have taken place in June 2017, was brought to the court’s attention by Robinson’s barrister, 25 Bedford Row’s Jeremy Dein QC.

Kingsley Napley didn’t respond to Legal Cheek’s requests for comment.

Elsewhere during the hearing, Dein QC urged the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges to release Robinson, submitting that procedural “deficiencies” had given rise to “prejudice”. He further argued that Robinson’s 13-month sentence was “manifestly excessive” and claimed “insufficient weight” had been given to personal mitigation.

Reserving judgment, Burnett said that the court would do its “level best” to give a decision before the end of the month.

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26 Comments

Anonymous

13 months does appear steep for his conviction compared with sentences given for different offences.

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Anonymous

No way. It was a completely fair, reasonable and proportionate sentence.

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Anonymous

He’s a political prisoner. He was pointing at the $#!+ of the UK gov and saying “Bad boy, not on the carpet!” and they arrested him for it.

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Anonymous

Stop giving this thug publicity…

His followers attack people who uphold the law.

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Anonymous

Do they? Evidence please.

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Anonymous

He is not a thug. he’s a prophet.

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Anonymous

Don’t think tommy would agree with you…

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Anonymous

police attacked first

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Anonymous

Why did tommy and his alt-right pals need a lesson from kingsley napley when HE WAS ALREADY ON A SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR THE SAME BEHAVIOUR. “Hey Tommy / Stephen… you know that thing you did before… dont do it again…” whoops.

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Anonymous

To avoid a recurrence but remain an investigative journalist.

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Anonymous

He is not and never has been an investigative journalist. Anyway… thats not the point, if he didnt think he had done anything wrong the second time why not fight it. Instead of pleading guilty.

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Anonymous

Anyone can be a journalist, even if you don’t have a degree in journalism. Look at Katie King!

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Anonymous

Anyone can pretend to be a journalist you mean. Tommy does a very bad impression of nelson mandela as well.

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Anonymous

If you are not outraged you havent been paying attention

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Anonymous

Lock him up for 31 years, the c*nt.

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Anonymous

A longer tariff than a double murderer.

Sure mate.

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Anonymous

He is more dangerous and more of a poison to this country than 5 murderers.

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Anonymous

31 years? Are you serious or are you just retarded.

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Anonymous

Surely if I was serious then that would make me retarded. You retard.

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Belinda

You are a bad person. I would know – I have experience in life that makes me a good judge of character (I was a horse whisperer). I hope you are never left alone with children.

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Anonymous

freetommy

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Anonymous

I would risk a 100 pound bet that Tommy followed the advice Kingsley Napley gave.

If so, either it was not bespoke enough for his suspended sentence or he was unexpectedly , for the police, within good practice when he was jumped.

I remember journalists reporting outside court before the verdict in max Clifford s case for child abuse because he famously snook up on the reporter as he was talking to his camera.

If the LCJ is taking 2 weeks to deliver this judgment, I wager there’ll be much negotiation on the drafts.

Do we think that the police and the first instance judge are going to be made to look stupid or totalitarian by the LCJ ? I doubt It, if it is a 2 week job.

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Anonymous

So why plead guilty

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Anonymous

was given poor legal advice for his defense, by a court appointed prosecution lawyer.. his usual solicitor ad been informed that Tommy had been released

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Anonymous

Laughable. He isnt a stranger to courts and, we now know, he had been educated on the very law he broke. Stop making excuses for him.

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Anonymous

He should be released immediately , He’s a political prisoner. #FREE TOMMY

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