Prison books row: justice secretary could face legal action, says lawyer

Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC intervenes against Chris Grayling as Nick Clegg backs book-sending ban. Campaigners fighting the Ministry of Justice over a ban on books being sent to prisoners on Monday threatened to take their battle to the courts. The leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC, who has offered his services for free, said legal action could be taken against the justice secretary Chris Grayling for acting "unlawfully and irrationally". His intervention came as Nick Clegg said he would be the first to demonstrate against a ban on books in prison, but insisted that the new policy did not amount to such a ban.Robertson said it could be argued that Grayling was breaching the 1688 Bill of Rights by taking it upon himself, as a politician and not a judge, to inflict "cruel and unusual punishment" on literate prisoners.