Archer wins record pounds 500,000 libel damages; RETRO REPORT.JULY 1987 - How we covered...
JEFFREY ARCHER Not to be confused with Geoffrey Archer.
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is a British best-selling author and former politician. triumphed in his High Court libel action yesterday and hit the jackpot with a record pounds 500,000 damages.
The irrepressible former Conservative Party deputy chairman, who had told the jury, "I made a fool of myself, but I'm no liar", gulped, sat back in his seat and closed his eyes, the relief written on his face, as the jury foreman announced their verdict.
The jury of eight men and four women took four-and-a-quarter hours to decide that Mr Archer was libelled by the report in the Star newspaper that he had sex with vice girl Monica Coughlan and tried to pay her pounds 2,000 to avoid a scandal.
The award was against publishers Express Newspapers and the Star's editor, Lloyd Turner James Lloyd Turner, or Lloyd Turner, (1885 in Elmvale, Ontario - 1976) was a Canadian sports promoter who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958 as a builder. . The Star must also pay the costs of the case, estimated at a total of pounds 700,000.
Mary Archer Mary Doreen Archer, Baroness Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born Mary Doreen Weeden, on 22 December 1944) is a British scientist specialising in solar power conversion. She studied chemistry at St Anne's College, Oxford, and then physical chemistry at Imperial College London, before , who had clasped her hands to steady them as the foreman of the jury got up to speak, covered her face with her right hand and quietly wept as the verdict was given.
It was at 5.06pm, at the end of the 14th day of the trial, that Mr Justice Caulfield came back into court and indicated to the woman associate (court clerk A court clerk, in British English clerk to the court or in American English clerk of the court is an officer of the court whose responsibilities include maintaining the records of a court. Another duty is to swear in witnesses, jurors, and grand jurors. ) to ask the jury for their findings.
The associate turned to the foreman of the jury and asked him to stand.
"Mr foreman," she said, "are you agreed upon your verdict?" "We are," he replied.
"Do you find for Jeffrey Archer or the Star newspaper?" she asked. "Mr Jeffrey Archer," he replied firmly.
"What sum do you award?" she asked. "pounds 500,000," came the reply.
Mr Archer's counsel, Mr Robert Alexander, QC, stood and formally asked for judgment in the sum of pounds 500,000.
Edited by Tony Woolway