Jim Sturman, representing Margaret Moran, has attacked the "more vengeful press" who "hound (the former MP) at her front door" after she was given a two-year supervision and treatment order for fiddling her expenses.
Speaking on behalf of Mrs Moran's husband, he said:
(They) seem to think that the only way someone can be demonstrably mentally ill is if they are in a straitjacket in a padded cell. ... The reports back in April all agree that she suffers from this mental illness.
Hounding a mentally ill woman is a dangerous and vile thing to do, at any time, particularly post the Leveson conclusions. It could have led to an increased risk of suicide. There will always be sections of the media who believe it's a huge con. But they've not read all the evidence.
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