Cherie Blair should quit bench over 'disgraceful memoirs', says ex-judge

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London, May 16 : Cherie Blair should be sacked as a judge over her "disgraceful memoirs" that "demean the legal profession", a leading lawyer said on May 15.

Gerald Butler QC claimed Cherie lacked "decency" and was guilty of demeaning the legal profession.

Cherie has been accused of causing embarrassment by revealing intimate details - such as the conception of her fourth child Leo - and of cashing in on Gordon Brown's woes.

Publication of her autobiography was allegedly rushed forward from this autumn over fears that Brown might no longer be in Number 10 by then.

Butler, 77, the senior judge at London's Southwark Crown Court for 13 years until 1997, said she should not continue as a recorder - a barrister appointed as a judge.

"If she wants to tread this path of making money by outrageous comments, that is up to her but I don't think this is a job for a judge," The Daily Express quoted him, as saying.

"It shows a complete lack of any kind of decency. It's the kind of conduct, which demeans the legal profession. It is altogether disgraceful but nothing less than I would expect from her. I would have thought there is no chance of her becoming a senior judge," he added.

Cherie on May 15 insisted that she would not quit the law.

She said: "So many comments have been spoken only on the basis of the extracts and I think that if anyone reads the whole book I don't think they would draw that conclusion."

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