Trial collapse a victory for free speech, pro-lifers, and preborn children
Pro-life and freedom of speech advocates are celebrating a huge victory in the UK. CBR UK directors Andy Stephenson and Kathryn Sloane have been cleared of all charges related to displaying abortion photos outside an abortion clinic an Brighton. Best story here. Other notable stories here and here.
In staging the arrest of the two pro-lifers, Brighton police actively fished for complaints from passersby. They were operating under the legal theory that speech becomes alarming, distressing, etc., and therefore illegal under the Public Order Act, whenever anybody complains about it.
After the trial, Andy Stephenson commented, “What the police have been doing in shutting us down has had a chilling effect on free speech. Hopefully this will have a chilling effect on the police now to hold back on their over-enthusiastic, over-reaching arm of the law.”
The Court’s written opinion was expected at 2:00 pm Tuesday. Stay tuned to FAB for updates.
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