George Michael’s legal team were due to ask the court to release him today on bail, pending a forthcoming appeal against his prison sentence. However, the bail application has now been dropped. That’s either because they thought they had no chance of getting bail today, or because George has changed his mind about wanting to appeal his sentence. (Update: the reason is that George has decided not to appeal)
It was never clear to me exactly what the grounds for any appeal were going to be. The press reports cited the reason as being that the sentence was “excessive”. However, in court, the judge had said that sentencing guidelines were clear, and that he had little choice but to hand down a prison sentence rather than community service. The judge also said that he’d reduced the length of the sentence because of the evidence provided in mitigation at the hearing. So, the problem for the appeal is that, assuming the judge didn’t made a mistake interpreting the guidelines, it’s hard to understand how the sentence could be regarded as “excessive”. In other words, it seems pretty unlikely that any appeal, on this basis, would succeed.