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Who said what to whom? Dominic Grieve, the Attorney-General, told the House of Commons on Tuesday that he referred 67 sentences to the Court of Appeal during 2013 on the basis that they were “unduly lenient” and needed review. Under pressure from other MPs in the Chamber, he said that he would look at the case for expanding the range of offences for which he can make a referral.

What does it mean? The Attorney-General’s power to refer sentences because they are “unduly lenient” is a pressure release valve by which he can respond to media or political criticism (or…

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