Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Judge in court over Huhne case

Constance Briscoe will appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.
Constance Briscoe will appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

A barrister and part-time judge accused of perverting the course of justice in connection with the Chris Huhne case will appear in court today.

Constance Briscoe will appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

The 56-year-old is accused of two counts of intending to pervert the course of public justice, relating to statements made to police.

The first alleges that between May 16 2011 and October 6 2012 she provided police with two statements that were inaccurate and the second alleges that on October 6 she produced a copy of her witness statement that had been altered and maintained it was the correct version.

Briscoe, of Crescent Grove, Clapham, south-west London, was suspended by the Office for Judicial Complaints when she was arrested in October last year.

After her charge on June 12, she said she was "deeply distressed'' by the allegations and vowed to fight them in court.

Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce received eight-month prison sentences after it emerged that she had taken driving penalty points for him a decade ago.

The former energy secretary pleaded guilty on the first day of a planned joint trial in February, and economist Pryce was later convicted by a jury. Both have now been released from jail.

Briscoe will appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing at 9am.

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