Lord Jeffrey Archer,
novelist and British politician, was found guilty of perjury and perverting justice by a London court in July. The charges against him stemmed from a 1987 libel suit he won against the Daily Star. The paper printed that he had an affair with a prostitute, paid her hush money, and falisified records. Outraged at the alleged slander to his good name, Archer sued and won. The paper's allegations were later proved accurate. He was sentenced to four years in jail and fined $250,000. Other scandals forced Archer to resign from politics three times: from Parliament in 1974, as deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in 1986, and as a London mayoral candidate in 1999.