Prison, mis-quotes and freedom

The last few days have been pretty busy for criminal cases involving writers. First the good news: Revok tweeted yesterday that he’s out of prison after 44 days, albeit the freedom costing him $24k and its seems there was also an early release for London’s 10Foot.

So far, so good. And then we come to TOX. No stranger to court, controversy and vitriol from various staff and crew of London’s transport infrastructure. That he’s been sent down again is not a great surprise. What has been shocking as the that ‘journalism’ being employed by papers such as The Guardian and the usual comments on their story by all the ‘outraged’ readers. You can view it here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jun/07/tox-graffiti-artist-criminal-damage

EINE, called as a Defence witness, made the point that the TOX tags were crude and therefore could have been done by anyone. A valid point within a court case and one that placed the burden of proof on to the Prosecution team. But you have to wonder why the Defence called Ben as a witness? Were no other UK-based writers available or did they want to use his stature to try and persuade the Judge to go easy on TOX? Either way it appears to have back fired with The Guardian jumping on some out of context quotes he made about it’s worth as “art” and the people who bought the TOX prints.