Thursday 14 November 2019

Judge and jury

• Your editorial (November 29) 'Perrin proves no one is above the law' suggests that "we (should?) judge the legal profession, including judges, by higher standards because of the extraordinary power they can wield over the minutiae of our lives, including our liberty".

There's an element of pot and kettle in your analysis, though. The fourth estate, your missive, its Sunday stablemate included, happily acts as judge, jury and executioner on a daily (weekly) basis with no real right of reply.

This, perhaps, as you so sanguinely put it, equally requires "the need for adequate, proportionate regulation of the legal and other sectors".

Leveson has identified exactly this in respect of the UK media. Am I to now presume the Irish Independent will happily echo that "much-needed message" here? I won't hold my breath.

Tim Conlon
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

• Your editorial's point on the need to prosecute white-collar crime is well made. Equally, the point that no one is above the law, not even, and truly least of all, a member of the judiciary, cannot be gainsaid.

But as no more than an ordinary member of the public, with no connections to any of the principals, I would like to register my unease at the sentencing of Heather Perrin to a prison term.

What she did was disgraceful and she has been well and truly disgraced.

Perrin's chances of reoffending are nil. One can only surmise what effect prison will have on her: and I'm not sure anyone deserves that, despicable as her crime was.

I have heard it said, on good authority, that if prison is going to have any effect, it will have been achieved on the first day.

I'm not sure any purpose, other than the purely punitive bordering on cruelty, is served by her remaining in prison. Christmas is a good time for granting an amnesty.

Eoin Dillon
Dublin 8

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