Daniel Pinner, serving 2 years in prison for firing in self-defense at an Arab mob, was released from prison today. High Court Justice Edna Arbel ruled that his appeal is “likely to succeed.”
Following his sentencing earlier this month, Pinner’s lawyer Baruch Ben-Yosef, hired by the Honenu Civil Rights Organization, filed both an appeal and a request for “stay of execution.” Ben-Yosef explained to Arutz-7 that he was afraid that by the time the appeal might be heard, “Daniel’s prison sentence might be over already… It is not common, but a judge who feels that the appeal has a good chance of succeeding can order the person freed until the appeal is heard.”
To the lawyer’s happy surprise, Justice Arbel not only agreed, but essentially ruled that the conviction was faulty on several counts – as Pinner and his lawyer had claimed all along.
Ben-Yosef, who now has three weeks to complete filing the appeal and its reasoning, said, “It turned out for the best on several counts, because if he had been freed several months ago before the conviction, he would have been held under house arrest – and then could still have faced two full years in prison.”