Sunday, 21 December 2008


Good to see that the powers that be seem to be listening to Mr Smith's commentary on current justice policy.

"SCOTLAND'S most senior law officer has called for heavier sentences to be available to judges in murder cases, with the country's worst killers facing terms of "life to mean life". In a controversial intervention, the Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini, QC, told the Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday that she believed the current options available to the judiciary were inadequate to deal with the most serious murder cases. And she called for a further review of sentencing in murder cases, as she argued that two killers had been treated too leniently."

But Mr Smith hates to have to make the obvious point. Namely that Ms. Angiolini has been Lord Advocate since October 2006 and before that was Solicitor General from 2001, as well as having held senior roles in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Presumably she could have done something about this issue before, rather than calling for action now?

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