over student fees at Millbank Tower, threw a fire extinguisher from the roof - (see Law and Lawyers). The sentence seemed, in all the circumstances, to be unduly harsh. Lawyer David Allen Green has considered the case in an article in The New Statesman. Mr Green questions whether a charge of Violent Disorder was the correct charge to bring against Mr Woollard and the value of "deterrent sentencing" is also looked at. Mr Green wrote - " ... this is the type of conviction and sentence which may itself tend to undermine the legitimacy of the state and its administration of justice. It appears that although Woollard was a bloody idiot, this could well be the wrong offence and the wrong sentence."
Addendum 24th January 2011: "Are deterrent sentences ever justified?" Barrister David Rhodes looks at this in The Guardian. Please see also Law and Lawyers Deterrence No. 2