So apparently, this guy got drunk, posted something offensive on facebook, then some people called the police.
A Lancashire man who posted offensive comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones has been jailed for 12 weeks.
For context, it was a rape-joke about the missing girl, and he apparently did it as a prank, to convince his friends that his account had been hacked. People do that now, apparently.
Here is the relevant legal stuff for the case. I certainly agree it was a stupid… and well… a horribly callous and mean thing to do, but serious jail time seems too far. If this had happened in the real world, he likely would have ended up with a night in jail for drunken mischief, or more likely a bloody nose and a visit to the hospital. 12 weeks? How much is free speech really worth to us?