Two demonstrators jump from the top of a bonfire in Parliament Square, as students demonstrate against planned tuition fee increases in London, England, on Dec. 9. Dominic Lipinski/AP
Police officers scuffle with demonstrators, and the media, during a student protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
British students try to remove barriers set up by British police officers during scuffles following a protest march on Dec. 9 in London, England against government plans to triple tuition fees. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Police officers try to control demonstrators during a student protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Police officers stand in Parliament Square, before a student protest, in London, England, on Dec. 9. Andrew Winning/Reuters
Thousands of students march through the streets of central London to the Houses of Parliament on Dec. 9. Sang Tan/AP
Standing on the plinth of a statue of wartime leader Winston Churchill, British students protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Students march during a protest against proposed tuition fee rises in Birmingham, England, on Dec. 8. Darren Staples/Reuters
Students protest against proposed tuition fee rises in Birmingham, England, on Dec. 8. Darren Staples/Reuters
A student protests in Parliament Square in London, England, on Dec. 9. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
A British man who tweeted threats to a member of Parliament over her support for putting Jane Austen on the 10-pound banknote will serve 18 weeks in jail. The judge said his 'campaign of hatred' caused the MP to feel deeply threatened.
ByMichael Holtz, Staff writer
While Jane Austen has become the new face of Britain's £10 note, a British man who tweeted threats to express his outrage over that choice has become a poster child for the seriousness with which the courts are confronting such speech.