Paul Chambers has now lodged an appeal at Doncaster Crown Court.
He will be appealing his (in my view) wrongful conviction under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for sending an ill-conceived joke on Twitter.
The appeal will probably be heard in July or August.
(Paul has kindly asked me to help co-ordinate his appeal.)
If the Crown Court appeal is unsuccessful, then there can then be an appeal to the High Court, and so on until he is finally acquitted, or until he exhausts the entire appeal process.
Paul will continue to have Richard Haigh as his solicitor.
In my view, Richard did a good job in getting Paul's original plea of guilty vacated, and he also could not have done better at the main hearing; he is certainly blameless for both the misconceived prosecution and the disgraceful and illiberal judgment of the Magistrates' Court.
However, the appeal will now be primarily undertaken by the awesomely formidable Stephen Ferguson, one of the United Kingdom's best and most sought-after defence and appellate barristers.
Paul and his legal team will also have support pro bono from myself and Andrew Sharpe (who tweets as @TMT_lawyer) in respect of the Communications Act 2003.
Further information on the grounds of appeal will be set out on this blog before the appeal hearing.
The monies contributed to Paul's defence and appeal fund are now to be placed in a formal trust fund. You can contribute and see details here.
The fund will be used for Paul's legal fees for his defence and appeal, and also for his and his partner's travelling and accommodation costs necessary for the appeal(s). The fund be administered transparently and very strictly, and accounts will be published. Any surplus will go to a charity of Paul's choice. I will provide further information on the trust fund in due course.
I think we can be optimistic for Paul's chances on appeal, but that sadly is not a certainty.
There is still a lot of work to be done so that this injustice can be remedied.
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