Here comes (more) trouble for Dominic Grieve
By Paul Goodman
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I haven't a clue whether there is more to the story of Danny Nightingale, the SAS Sergeant who "was sentenced to 18 months by court martial after an illegal Glock pistol given to him by grateful Iraqis was found in his belongings", than meets the eye.
But I know a political rumpus when I see it. Philip Hammond wanted the case reviewed. The Attorney-General has refused. I see that Julian Brazier, the MP for Canterbury, has a Commons debate later today.
My old friend and colleague Dominic Grieve's principled support for the ECHR (in my view mistaken, but there you go) hasn't endeared him to the more rumbustious end of Fleet Street - particularly in Murdoch Towers - and the blogosphere. Here we go...
15.15pm Update - The Attorney-General has released a statement, part of which reads:
"It would be inappropriate for the Attorney General to review either the decision to prosecute or comment on the appropriateness of the sentence. That is a matter for the Court Martial Appeal Court, in due course."