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Judge faces three Huhne charges

A barrister and part-time judge has been charged with an additional count of perverting the course of justice in connection with the Chris Huhne case, it can now be reported.

Constance Briscoe pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey today to a third count of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

The 56-year-old, who was suspended by the Office for Judicial Complaints after her arrest in October last year, has previously denied two counts of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

She will stand trial on all three charges, which are to be joined on the same indictment, at Southwark Crown Court on January 14.

Mr Justice Nicol lifted a reporting restriction banning coverage of the third count.

It alleges that, between October 5 2012 and October 8 2013, Briscoe falsified a document.

The first charge alleges that, between May 16 2011 and October 6 2012, Briscoe 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.

After her charge in June, the barrister, of Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, 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 took 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.


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