Scuffle of the week

The Lord Chief Justice and Mr Justice Potts have clashed over the case of the UK's only convicted Nazi war criminal. The two judges have given conflicting advice to Home Secretary Jack Straw about the future of Anthony Sawoniuk, who was given two life sentences in April after being convicted of murdering Jews in Nazi-occupied Belarus. Lord Chief Justice Bingham of Cornhill (left) has told Straw that he favours "some hope of eventual release" for Sawoniuk and that retribution "must be moderated". Trial judge Mr Justice Potts (right), however, has recommended Sawoniuk should spend the rest of his life in jail. An early release, he wrote, "would defeat the purpose of the War Crimes Act and the object of the trial".