His 2004 conviction for owning an illegal crocodile has just been overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court (illegal search). Good for him, but the amazing part of the story is that he was originally fined all of $35. Have you any idea of the legal fees involved in fighting a case in Superior, Appellate and the Supreme Courts over seven years? It’s possible, of course, that Mr. Ryder is an attorney or represented himself pro se but if had a lawyer working for him all this time, it must have cost him several hundred thousand dollars. There’s a man of conviction, although now he doesn’t have one.
UPDATE: The Connecticut Law Tribune has a much more detailed article. Mr. Ryder was indeed acting as his own lawyer, which would explain how he could pursue this for so long. In fact, I may actually have met Ryder a few times years ago – if he’s the same guy, he is not a lawyer but did seem like a pretty nice guy.