Extinction Rebellion prosecutions ‘beggar belief’, says lawyer

Posted: July 12, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, Legal, News
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Oxford Circus climate demo [image credit: London Evening Standard]


So does the manufactured climate alarm due to a minor trace gas in the atmosphere, but this is the world we find ourselves in.

A lawyer representing hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters said it “beggars belief” so many of them are being prosecuted, reports the Evening Standard. 

It comes as two courtrooms are being set aside for a day each week at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for 19 weeks, to deal with Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in mass demonstrations across the capital.

Around 35 protesters are due to appear at City of London magistrates’ court on Friday, while it is thought more than 50 will be summonsed every Friday in August.

Solicitor Raj Chada, from Hodge Jones and Allen, which represents around 300 of the protesters, who were calling for action on climate issues, said the prosecutions are a waste of money.

“To prosecute 1,000 people for peaceful protests beggars belief,” he said.

“At a time when more and more violent crimes aren’t being prosecuted the CPS has decided to waste taxpayers’s money by dragging all of those arrested from Extinction Rebellion in front of the courts.

“Figures show that around nine per cent of crimes in the UK lead to a criminal charge, yet when it comes to peaceful protesters they are trying to charge 100 per cent.

“The simple fact is that most of those protesters will get nothing more than a conditional discharge or fine.

“How can this amount of court time and money be wasted on this? The priority should be to tackle the climate crisis that threatens us rather than the prosecution of peaceful protesters.”

But a senior Met officer insisted protesters had chosen to ignore restrictions put in place by police to try to limit the disruption.

Continued here. 

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    The plague spreads…

  2. Gamecock says:

    The old “how dare you prosecute my clients!” defense.

  3. spetzer86 says:

    They could make it really fun and try the prosecutor for being a dick. He’s a lawyer, so the charge would be prima facie evident.

  4. cognog2 says:

    I’m all for this. Maximum disruption and inconvenience for these individuals should be the order of the day. After all that is what they have been peddling themselves

  5. Curious George says:

    Peaceful protesters only inconvenienced everybody. Next time they might peacefully assault me.

  6. Colin says:

    Mmm… A pretty weird argument. So our polices inability to solve crime dictates that we must release 8 out of 9 criminals. Should we apply this all the way up to murderers? 9

  7. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Blessed be the Bolshie Bourgeois,
    Thy shalt not speaketh ill of these saintly but simpleminded supporters of shi… bboleth. 😆

  8. oldbrew says:

  9. oldbrew says:

    Bombshell Claim: Scientists Find “Man-made Climate Change Doesn’t Exist In Practice”
    by Tyler Durden
    Fri, 07/12/2019

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-11/scientists-finland-japan-man-made-climate-change-doesnt-exist-practice
    – – –
    But that won’t deter fanatics.

  10. ff834 says:

    The minor trace-gas referred to (carbon dioxide, presumably) absorbs and scatters electromagnetic radiation in the infrared region of the spectrum – which the earth emits when it radiates heat (received as solar radiation) back to space – thus trapping heat in the Earth’s system and increasing the global mean surface temperature (GMST). Without this minor trace gas (and others, such as water vapour and carbon monoxide) in our atmosphere the Earth’s GMST would be around -18°C, there would be no liquid water and no life whatsoever. I point this out to demonstrate that despite being a minor trace gas it has a major impact on climate.
    Small changes in atmospheric abundance of this trace gas have significant impacts on climate, and this is exacerbated by feedbacks within the climate system. Three examples: as the oceans warm their capacity to hold dissolved carbon dioxide is reduced, resulting in higher concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide ergo more warming. As sea ice melts, the Earth’s overall ‘albedo’ (the reflectively coefficient) is decreased, meaning less solar radiation is reflected, more is absorbed, and the GMST increases. As permafrost melts carbon monoxide (a significant more ‘minor’ trace gas, but one with much stronger greenhouse – absorption and scattering of long wavelength electromagnetic radiation – properties than carbon dioxide) is released, causing further warming. Therefore, the correlation between increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and warming will not be linear, but is highly probably to lead to runaway climate change. Buffers exist within the system (such as the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide) but once these have been overwhelmed it will be too late to stop the crisis. The only sense in which the climate crisis is ‘manufactured’ is that we have literally created the crisis through the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, industrial and agricultural activity (not without good reason I might add – we have vastly improved the lives of humanity through these things. I very much like central heating and being able to buy food in shops).
    There is an overwhelming body of scientific research, evidence and experimental data backing this up over decades, by researchers significantly better qualified than your source Andrew Montford (writing for Conservative Woman), a chemistry undergrad and chartered accountant employed by a shady climate-change-denial lobby group who repeatedly refuse to reveal their sources of funding.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Without this minor trace gas (and others, such as water vapour and carbon monoxide) in our atmosphere the Earth’s GMST would be around -18°C, there would be no liquid water and no life whatsoever.

    Not true, so the rest of the argument is redundant. This is based on the energy budget diagram showing 341-2 watts per sq/m over the whole Earth all the time – but the Sun doesn’t work like that.

    Spot the problems – no night-time for starters. Incoming solar radiation half what it should be for daytime. Etc.

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