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Huhne: '16 months seems about right' for Briscoe crime

Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne has said the 16 months barrister Constance Briscoe received for lying to police during their investigation into his speeding points, was "about right" for the what she had done.

The former Energy Secretary told Good Morning Britain sentencing was "up to judges" but that "16 months is about right for what she did".


Huhne attacks Briscoe for trying to 'destroy my career'

Chris Huhne, the former Energy Secretary who was jailed for perverting the course of justice, has hit out at judge Constance Briscoe for conspiring with his ex-wife to "destroy my political career".

The libel case brought against Briscoe by her own mother over her memoir "Ugly" has been thrown into disrepute by this conviction. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Last week, Briscoe was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after she lied to police during the investigation into Huhne's speeding points and jailed for 16 months.

Writing in the Guardian, Chris Huhne said: "Briscoe and my ex-wife wanted to destroy my political career, and were trying to plant a story in the Mail on Sunday that I had swapped speeding points."

He also pointed to a comment made by Briscoe's mother after a libel case she brought against her barrister daughter in which she accused of her of being "a liar and fantasist".

The former Lib Dem MP was forced to resign as a cabinet minister and the House during the trial after it emerged his ex-wife Vicky Pryce had taken speeding points on his behalf during their marriage.

Briscoe faces fraud investigation

Constance Briscoe is facing a further criminal investigation into allegations she fraudulently obtained documents used to defend libel claims brought against her by her own mother.

Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, who sat in the court throughout Briscoe's recent trial, unsuccessfully attempted to sue her daughter in 2008 over claims made against her in her daughter Briscoe's 2006 memoir, Ugly.

Constance Briscoe was today found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Credit: PA

A BBC investigation has learned Scotland Yard is now investigating claims that Briscoe may have unlawfully obtained medical documents to support her defence case.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "We were contacted in September last year regarding an allegation of fraud, which relates to documents that were allegedly fraudulently obtained from Southwark Council. The matter is being investigated by Lewisham CID."

Mrs Briscoe-Mitchell, a mother of 11, ultimately lost her libel case against her daughter over the book which accused her of sustained childhood cruelty and neglect.

Briscoe verdict shows no-one 'above the law'

Kent Police's senior investigating officer said the guilty verdict of barrister Constance Briscoe showed no-one was "above the law".

If anyone should understand the importance of preserving public justice it should be Constance Briscoe.

In failing to co-operate with police, she very nearly had a detrimental impact on the convictions of two other people in relation to a historic speeding offence.

The overwhelming evidence uncovered by officers meant the jury had no choice but to find Ms Briscoe guilty. Today shows that no one is above the law and perverting the course of justice is a serious offence.

– Detective Inspector John McDermott


Constance Briscoe jail sentence 'almost inevitable'

It it "almost inevitable" that barrister Constance Briscoe will serve time in jail after being found guilty of lying to police, a judge said.

Briscoe, who remains on bail, will be sentenced tomorrow at the Old Bailey from 10am.

Mr Justice Baker warned: "It's almost inevitable there will be a custodial sentence."

Constance Briscoe became embroiled in the Chris Huhne driving points scandal. Credit: PA

Briscoe was found guilty on three counts. The first charge alleged that Briscoe provided police with two inaccurate statements, and the second that she produced an altered copy of a statement but claimed it was the correct version.

A third charge alleged that she deliberately got a document expert to view the wrong version of her witness statement.

Briscoe stood trial at London's Southwark Crown Court in January but a jury failed to reach verdicts on any of the counts, after which a re-trial was ordered.

Huhne: Defendants convicted by Briscoe to seek review

Chris Huhne labelled Constance Briscoe a "self-publicising fantasist" after the judge was found guilty of lying to police, and predicted that defendants she had prosecuted would seek a CPS review of their cases:

British justice is likely to be a lot fairer with Briscoe behind bars. If she can make up the witness statements used as the key evidence against me, she is clearly capable of hiding evidence she should have disclosed to the defence in the many cases that she prosecuted for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Aggrieved defendants will now seek a CPS review.

There is also an issue for the bar and the judiciary ...the Bar, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary went on entrusting her with responsibility for people's lives because they were not prepared to blow the whistle on one of their own.

– Chris Huhne

'No reaction' from barrister found guilty of police lies

Constance Briscoe made no reaction in the dock as she was found guilty of lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal.

The jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for around five hours before delivering the verdict on the barrister and part-time judge.

Chris Huhne and his wife Vicky Pryce have already served time in jail over the scandal. Credit: PA

Briscoe was accused of trying to pervert the course of justice in connection with the investigation into how disgraced cabinet minister Mr Huhne passed speeding points to his then-wife Vicky Pryce a decade ago.

Briscoe, 56, who has been suspended since her arrest in October 2012, denied three counts of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

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