In the Media

Plea for end to attacks on Woolf

PUBLISHED November 15, 2004

The government's senior law officer made an extraordinary plea to the media yesterday to drop a "campaign of vilification" against the lord chief justice, Lord Woolf.

Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general, said newspapers which attacked Lord Woolf over his proposals that murderers who pleaded guilty could get up to one-third off their prison time were damaging public confidence in the administration of justice.