The Free Speech Two walked out of Leeds Crown Court earlier this afternoon as free men.
Both Mark Collett and Nick Griffin were found NOT GUILTY on half the charges with a hung jury on the remainder.
Mark Collett faced a total of 8 charges of using words and behaviour likely to incite racial hatred. He was found NOT GUILTY on four charges unanimously. The jury could not agree a majority verdict on the other four charges leading the judge to dismiss the charges.
Nick Griffin faced a total of 4 similar charges of using words and behaviour likely to incite racial hatred. He was found NOT GUILTY on two charges unanimously. The jury could not agree a majority verdict on the other two charges and likewise the judge acquitted Mr. Griffin.
The Crown Prosecution Service could order a retrial but the New Labour appointees face a dilemma. Could they afford the extra cost of another trial which to even the most ardent critic of the BNP would seem like State persecution?
Mark and Nick are the heroes of free speech lovers across the land and we wish them a truly happy celebration this evening.