London UK: A British court has found five vandals, who broke windows during a protest of the G 20 Meetings, guilty as charged. The "Foolish Five" as they are known have been sentenced to death by hanging.
Following the G20 Meeting police arrested and charged a number of vandals with destroying property, such as breaking windows, during their protest march through London. Most of the arrested participants elected to pay the 100 Pound fine. However, a small number demanded a trial by jury, in order to make a "political statement."
The judge and the jury patiently listened to the "Foolish Five's" political rants and screeds and found the defendants guilty. Judge Holmes invoked an Old English Common Law during sentencing which proscribes hanging for "Vandals, Thieves and Pirates."
Since this is the first hanging in the UK in almost 50 years preparation of equipment and prison facilities may be lengthy. Then there is the appeals process. The "Foolish Five" also plan to appeal to the Queen for mercy.
This surprising development is seen to many as the British Justice System sending a strong message as to what kind of uncivilized behavior will not be tolerated during protest demonstrations. An American journalist noted "this case may set an international precedent in USA court trials of activists who participate in similar acts of destruction."