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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook


It never ceases to amaze me how confident people are that the judge is an idiot despite knowing nothing about the case.

If this was a picture of him smiling with his airsoft weapon under a banner that says "12th annual airsoft picnic" then this case would be outrageous.

If this was a picture of him in in a balaclava holding a weapon with the caption, "I'm coming for you proddy bastards" then it would undoubtedly be of a "menacing character". Since he was being tried for menacing communication, not for posing a real threat, the fact the gun was a toy is irrelevant. If you can't tell its a toy, the picture is equally menacing.

I have no more idea than anyone else what the picture actually showed but since the magistrate was convinced, I think it's pretty likely we're talking about picture 2.

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