Thank goodness for good journalism. I thought it was the judge who directed the jurors that it was acceptable to move with the times!
No! It was one of the defendants, a protestor trying to defend planet earth from the billions of tonnes of excessive CO2 we are presently spilling out into our atmosphere...
" On the third and final day of evidence, Gannon who boarded the train dressed as a coalminer's warning canary, reinforced points made by a university lecturer, a film-maker, a charity worker and others about why they had felt compelled to act. She concluded: "burning coal means carbon pollution which means death."
The final statement was given by charity worker Jonathan Stevenson, 26, from London, who cited Lord Denning's admiration of a jury in 1670 which refused to convict William Penn and other Quakers for "disorderly preaching" even though they were themselves imprisoned by a judge, "without so much as a chamber pot". Stevenson told the jury that Judge Spencer was not going to do that and also referred to a law lords decision in 2005 that no judge could direct a jury to return a guilty verdict.
He said: "The freedom that you have, that the legal system allows juries, is what enables the law, where necessary, to move forward. Times change, and what was acceptable in one era may not be acceptable in another.
"The law will eventually have to change and acknowledge the harm that carbon emissions do to all of us, by making them illegal."