John was unsatisfied about how his day in court turned out, So he talked to his lawyer and wrote to the US Federal Appeals Court.
In a court that looked suspiciously like where he started off, he again argued in court. In Appeals Court, different methods could be used to look at the appealed cases. A panel of judges instead of one judge was used. In some cases "En Banc" could be used and all the judges in that district would come to hear an especially important case.
In John's case, the two-judge panel looked over the facts and reasons why his case was appealed. John's attorney argued that he was given improper process for the trial and it should be redone as the conclusion was based on an improperly run case. The assistant district attorney argued this was untrue and the decision should stand. The Jurisdiction here was appellate as John's case had already been heard at the trial level.
John was once again unsatisfied and talked to his lawyer to see what could be done. His lawyer was realistic and said that they did have another option left is he wanted to continue to fight this, an appeal to the Supreme Court.
John was astonished that the court above all America acknowledged him and he went into it with a heavy heart daring to hope for a successful resolution to this case. The nine Supreme Court Justices would hear his case. He hoped that the Opinion of the court would reflect positively on him and a concurring opinion would alsobe written for why he was innocent, or truly at the least that justice would write a dissenting opinion about how the law and punishment for destroying a mailbox didn't deserve a possible 100,000 dollar fine or to a year in jail time.
In the end John was found guilty, the court upheld its law and sentenced him to a year in prison but he had to live with this and be glad he received his day in court.