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reply to post by Gibonz
The Brits have to get a license and pay a fee to watch TV? A TV tax?
The State also knows who has a TV and how many? What in the...?
He was still found guilty
Let me explain it again, he was found not guilty of what he was charged with.
In the UK system you can be convicted and then discharged conditionally or without penalty at all if the offense is considered minor- the conviction still appears on your "record" tho. So no, he did not "win" the court case - he was found guilty, and given an appropriate (relatively minor) punishment.
A conditional discharge is a sentence that diminishes the finding of guilt in which the offender receives no punishment provided that, in a period set by the court (not more than three years), no further offence is committed. If an offence is committed in that time, then the offender may also be resentenced for the offence for which a conditional discharge was given. Under criminal law, a conditional discharge does not constitute a conviction unless the individual breaches the discharge and is resentenced.
He won because he was found guilty and did not prove that the BBC funds terrorism
How a Conviction becomes Spent
The way in which a conviction can become ‘spent’ under the ROA will depend upon the sentence received for the offence, and the rehabilitation period that applies to that offence sentence. The principles apply to convictions in a criminal court, findings in a juvenile court, certain offences in service disciplinary proceedings and hospital orders under the Mental Health Act 1983.
The time required before the conviction is spent – the rehabilitation period – will be different depending upon the nature and length of the sentence, be it a term of imprisonment, a fine, a surcharge order, probation, or an absolute or conditional discharge. Relevant rehabilitation periods are set out below.
Unless otherwise stated, the rehabilitation period runs from the date of the conviction and will generally depend upon compliance with the sentence.
Conditional discharge, binding over, care order, supervision order, reception order - Either 1 year after making of order, or 1 year after the order ends, whichever is the longer
- another page on that site
Retention and disclosure of information about your convictions and other involvement with the police
Although the ROA gives you the right, in certain circumstances, not to reveal spent convictions about yourself, it still preserves the right of others – such as police forces and government departments – to keep information about unspent and spent convictions from official records, to access it and to share it in the course of their duties with people who have a legitimate interest in finding out about such information. Persons with such a legitimate interest may include members of other police forces, other government departments, or current or prospective employers.