You can read about the case on the website of local news organisation LeedsLive here.
Here is what her Honour Judge Norton told Yaxley-Lennon last year when she handed him a three month prison sentence, suspended for eighteen months, for contempt of court over his behaviour at a rape trial in Canterbury over which she was presiding and which could have led to a miscarriage of justice in that trial.
"This contempt hearing is not about free speech.
This is not about freedom of the press.
This is not about legitimate journalism; this is not about political correctness; this is not about whether one political viewpoint is right or another.
It is about justice, and it is about ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly.
It is about ensuring that a jury are not in any way inhibited from carrying out their important function. It is about being innocent until proven guilty.
It is not about people prejudging a situation and going round to that court and publishing material, whether in print or online, referring to defendants as “Muslim paedophile rapists”.
A legitimate journalist would not be able to do that and under the strict liability rule there would be no defence to publication in those terms. It is pejorative language which prejudges the case, and it is language and reporting – if reporting indeed is what it is – that could have had the effect of substantially derailing the trial.
As I have already indicated, because of what I knew was going on I had to take avoiding action to make sure that the integrity of this trial was preserved, that justice was preserved and that the trial could continue to completion without people being intimidated into reaching conclusions about it, or into being affected by “irresponsible and inaccurate reporting”.
If something of the nature of that which you put out on social media had been put into the mainstream press I would have been faced with applications from the defence advocates concerned, I have no doubt, to either say something specific to the jury, or worse, to abandon the trial and to start again.
That is the kind of thing that actions such as these can and do have, and that is why you have been dealt with in the way in which you have and why I am dealing with this case with the seriousness which I am.”
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Last week Yaxley-Lennon he did indeed turn up at another court, this time in Leeds, and got himself arrested. The trial judge, Geoffrey Marson QC activated the sentence imposed by Her Honour Judge Norton and added a further ten months for the fresh contempt of court.
There is an excellent explanation of the laws involved, why Yaxley-Lennon was sent to prison, and why this does not represent a threat to free speech and British liberties or the imposition of a police state, on the "Secret Barrister" blog here.