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Constance Briscoe denies lying about Chris Huhne case

COURT APPEARANCE: Constance Briscoe arrives at the Old Bailey today (PA)

PART-TIME JUDGE and barrister Constance Briscoe appeared in court to deny charges of perverting the course of justice in connection with a driving offence that saw ex-Lib Dem energy secretary Chris Huhne and his ex-wife jailed.

Briscoe pleaded not guilty today at the Old Baily, central London, to two counts of lying to police by giving false statements.

The charges relate to her providing knowingly two inaccurate statements to officers between May 16, 2011, and October 6, 2012 – on the latter date she is accused of submitting a doctored statement and claiming it was the true version.

The 56-year-old’s statements were given to provide evidence in the case involving Huhne and former spouse Vicky Pryce, who were later both jailed for lying about speeding penalty points.

Pryce served eight months in prison for taking her then husband’s speeding points for an offence 10 years ago when Huhne was driving the car.

Briscoe, of Clapham, southwest London, was suspended by the Office for Judicial Complaints after being arrested in October, 2012 – she is scheduled to go on trial on January 14 next year.

After being charged in June, Briscoe said she was “deeply distressed” by the accusations and promised to clear her name in court.

Both Huhne and Pryce have since been released from prison.

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