“He will get back a meaningful part of his life”

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“He will get back a meaningful part of his life”
The lawyer of Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, on the possibility Skilling could be released from prison nearly a decade earlier than expected.
Skilling’s 24-year sentence could come down to 14 years, because he has agreed not to appeal against his conviction.
His lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said in a statement that a reduced sentence would give the former CEO "at least the chance to get back a meaningful part of his life.”

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.