JAMES GRAY SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS MAN CHARGED WITH INCITING RACIAL HATRED

31 January 2018

James Gray successfully represented Joshua North, 25, at Grimsby Crown Court in a trial that attracted much publicity due to the nature of the prosecution - the decision to prosecute him has been widely criticised in the press. Mr North was prosecuted by CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division charged with inciting racial hatred after posting an eight word comment on Facebook in July 2016. The comment was ostensibly offensive and threatening. He asserted in his interview, however, that his intention was not to be offensive or threatening but to mock others in the same thread who had posted unambiguously threatening comments. He suggested it was meant to be ‘purely comedic’. He asked the Crown to look at his posting activity and suggested it would be perfectly clear that he is not the kind of person to incite racial hatred. Crucially, the Crown failed to investigate his account or prosecute anyone else in the same thread. Mr North produced a number of posts at his trial and was acquitted unanimously in an hour. For more information, see press links below:

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