Judge dismisses jury in Vicky Pryce trial

Mr Justice Sweeney told the jury in the Vicky Pryce trial:

I have received your note which indicates that it is 'highly unlikely' that you are going to reach even a majority verdict.

I am grateful for that.

Against the background of the length of time that you have been in retirement already, I have decided therefore, and it is my decision one way or the other, that I must discharge you from any further deliberations.

That means that your role in this case is now over.

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Jury discharged in Pryce trial

The jury in the trial of Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of the former minister Chris Huhne, has been discharged. It failed to reach a verdict on a charge of perverting the course of justice by her taking speeding points for him.