Lord Jeffrey Archer, a best-selling novelist, millionaire peer and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, was convicted of perjury and intending to pervert the course of justice at London's Old Bailey court in July of 2001. The 61-year-old was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Archer had won a libel case in 1987 against the Daily Star newspaper after it alleged he had had sex with a London prostitute. He collected £500,000 in damages. Fourteen years later, a former friend admitted that he and Archer had lied in creating a false alibi.