Mr Kerlen was arrested after a complaint from the councillor in question, and was charged with an offence under Section 127 of the Telecommunications Act 2003.What's in a bad name? Jail time in a supposedly democratic country.
And in a case which could have huge legal repercussions for Twitter and its millions of users, Kerlen was convicted of the offence by Greenwich magistrates and now faces a possible jail term.
His legal battle has since been supported in large numbers on Twitter, where the hashtag #freethebexleyone became a trending topic.
Political campaigner and blogger Mark Wallace wrote: 'Shockingly, a man has been convicted for swearing on twitter.'
Another Twitter user called Nick wrote: 'This has far ranging implications for free speech.'
Royston Westbrook also tweeted in support, saying: 'If someone wants to call someone else a c*** that is their choice, and their opinion.'
Mr Kerlen, whose website was not working today and claimed on his Twitter page that he had been 'censored by the state' appeared before Bexley magistrates in January.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
In Britain, you can apparently go to jail for cussing out the local politicians: