Pleading Guilty... Then Appealing?
from the now-there's-a-strategy dept
Those involved in the legal community may know more about such actions, but this is the first time I've seen someone plead guilty to a crime... and then immediately appeal the case. You would think, if you're pleading guilty, that you've accepted the situation. In this case, about how the founder of the UK's Demon ISP allegedly intercepted the emails of some partners he was feuding with, Cliff Stanford claims that the judge interpreted the law incorrectly -- leaving pleading guilty as the only course of action. That does seem a bit strange. He could fight out the case, and then appeal after pleading guilty, which would seem like a much more reasonable course of action. Just pleading guilty, and then appealing your own plea seems like a recipe for trouble (though, you could argue that he saves on the trouble of going through the first trial). In some ways, it just seems like they didn't like this judge, so they threw the case away to immediately jump to a higher court. That's not quite how the legal system is supposed to work.