A local slant on the human condition from this morning’s Metro newspaper:
My legal eagle friends think that the three year sentence handed down to Tommy Sheridan was an impossible one to appeal against.
One friend put it thus:
‘There would be a definite risk of it being increased, perhaps substantially, in the appeal court. It does not have the appearance of being vindictive, and yet it properly punishes a serious crime. It is, therefore, about right.’
The BBC has published Sheridan’s speech of mitigation which perhaps highlights and articulates the personal tragedy of the case better than anything else.
On reading through the document though, I was struck by the following sentence (sic) at the bottom of page 20
‘A 12 WEEK TRIAL TOOK ITS TOLL ON MY HEALTH AND ON MY PIECE OF MIND’
Unfortunately there is no explanation which piece.
One can only wonder, marvel indeed at the continued Wynettesque support provided to Tommy by his wife Gail who contended after the sentencing that the reason that Tommy had ended up in his current predicament because he ‘opposed inequality with every beat of his heart.’
And so this extraordinary circus reaches its finale.
Now for the phone hacking trial(s)