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Was prison the only way to make an example of Huhne and Pryce?

Eight month tariffs for Huhne and Pryce reflect ‘Victorian’ attitudes to sentencing in the UK, argues Andrew Church-Taylor

13 March 2013

There are several issues arising from the case of ex-MP Chris Huhne and his former wife, Vicky Pryce, which require further consideration, but one in particular is the sentence of imprisonment imposed by the judge at Southwark Crown Court on the 11 March.

It is of course easy to be critical and one must have some sympathy for Mr Justice Sweeney who was in an invidious position. The judge had before him two people of previous good character, each having what was described in sentencing remarks as a “stellar” career and each enjoying success and the accompanying financial rewards.

However, both had committed an offence of perverting the course of justice, something which goes to the very heart of the administration of the criminal process and clearly, as such, needs to be discouraged. In sentencing, the judge mentioned on more than one occasion that the sentence must serve as a deterrent t...

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