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Vicky Pryce: Huhne's Ex Is Found Guilty
Vicky Pryce has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice for taking her husband's penalty points a decade ago.
A jury of seven men and five women returned their verdict almost exactly 48 hours after going out to deliberate.
Pryce, 60, looked open-mouthed with shock as the foreman told Southwark Crown Court they had reached a unanimous guilty verdict.
Judge Mr Justice Sweeney granted bail until sentencing but warned she should be "under no illusions" about what punishment to expect.
The former couple are now both facing jail and will be sentenced together, at a date yet to be fixed.
As she left the court building, her solicitor Robert Brown said in a statement that Pryce was "naturally very disappointed to have been convicted".
She thanked "all those who have supported her during this difficult period, particularly her children, her friends and colleagues".
Former Cabinet minister Huhne, 58, last month admitted lying to police about who was driving just as he was about to go on trial.
His ex-wife and mother of his three children continued to protest her innocence, arguing that she had been forced to take the speeding points against her will.
She had to explain herself in two trials, after the first was abandoned because the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
The former Government adviser told the retrial Huhne had bullied her into pretending she was driving because he feared losing his licence would threaten his political career.
He was an MEP at the time and was trying to get selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Eastleigh in Hampshire.
Ironically, he was caught talking on his mobile while driving later that year, which meant he lost his licence anyway.
To illustrate the senior Lib Dem's hold over her during their 26-year marriage, Pryce told the court he had forced her to have an abortion in the 90s.
But prosecutor Andrew Edis QC called her a liar and described her as "manipulative and deceitful".
"She is one of the most powerful, talented, intelligent and trusted women in the country. She is not someone who could be reduced to a quivering jelly," he insisted.
He pointed out that Pryce had not argued she was given no choice when she was first arrested, instead refusing to answer police questions.
The points swap emerged only in 2011, when Pryce herself tipped off two newspapers because she was furious that Huhne had left her for another woman.
The Lib Dem abruptly walked out on their 26-year marriage in 2010 because his affair with PR adviser Carina Trimingham was about to be revealed by the press.
During Pryce's trial, the bitterness over their marriage split was laid bare and angry phone calls - taped in a bid to trap Huhne admitting his crime - were played to the jury.
Text messages between the politician and his then 18-year-old son Peter, in which the teenager said his father made him "sick", were also revealed.
The court heard Pryce had told Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott before the story broke that Vince Cable and his wife knew about the points swap.
"Actually I had told Vince and Rachel (Mrs Cable) about points before when the three of us were having supper about a month ago," she wrote.
"They were horrified at the time, but VC has probably forgotten it by now. He was very tired that night."
She also claimed to have told senior Lib Dem Lord Oakeshott and the party leader Nick Clegg's wife Miriam.
A spokesman for Mr Cable said: "Vince and Rachel have no recollection of the issue of points being raised with them over the course of dinner with Vicky Pryce on 28 January 2011.
"They have consulted their personal records, which confirm that the issue first came to their attention in May 2011 when the story broke in the press."
Miriam Gonzalez also said in a statement: "I have never ever been told by Vicky or anybody else about the traffic points story. I got to know about this when everybody else did."
The CPS said in a statement afterwards: "Perverting the course of justice is a serious matter and the system relies on people being truthful to police. It is important that everyone should act within the law - whoever they are."
what do you think?
Couldn't happen to a better couple
Of course but sentencing at a later! later! later! date oh what was that again sentence.
Two days to decide a petty thing like that ?
Took a long time and a lot of money to conclude the obvious. Lawyers for money again...
Good news, maybe a year each suspended.
No way. Send them down they lied again & again and treated the law and the public with contempt and deserve the same severe punishment that anybody else would get.
Suspended sentence, no chance. Into the slammer with them.
The Judge should senetence them to live together for the next 12 months.
With no chance of early parole!
Phil A. What a great idea, together in the same cell for 12 months, perfect justice!
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Great news, did she think becoming a grass would give her an amnisty or something? Stupd woman!!!!!!!
Nice one there is justice but will she go down
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Feel sorry for their children, this woman has destroyed her ex husband as she wanted to, destroyed herself, all over a few penalty points, and turned their children against their father, all because he didn't want to be with her any more, she would have not said anything had he not left her for someone else no matter how guilty they both were. What a mess people get their lives into.....................
A pretty typical example of the way wealthy people in this country appear to think that the rules and laws that apply to the rest of us plebs don't apply to them! How some of the mighty fall!!
nice to see some justice. she thought she could have her cake and it eat, destroy her husband and pretend to be the victim.
And over 12,000 silly b.....s still voted Lib Dem in the by-election...when will they ever learn??
Can see it all now. Short jail term, suspended whilst a new medical condition is found by well paid private consultants ending in nothing jail term reduced due to ill health. I sincerely hope they are made to pay ALL legal fees, court costs, police time, jury expenses e.t.c e.t.c. Give them both a very long driving ban, say 10 years. Conditions such as they are unable to sell their stories for money making purposes and hit them with a huge fine.
a horribly correct prediction i fear.
Oh dear Lib Dems have 'supper' together - whilst the rest of us have to have that processed meat stuff which their fellow countryside supporters put out in order to shorten our lives.
3-6 months for that offence means Bliar should get life for lying on WMDs and committing our military and countless others to a miserable death
life ?.....bit soft isn't it. hang draw and quarter....now there's a punishment fit for the crime.
cps are after costs from hune for all the court time he wasted appealing against the prosecution. great, I love it.
She's played the " I'm a woman and I'm vulnerable" card. The "forced into it" certainly didn't work. Staying quiet when it suited her and happy to spill the beans for revenge... Pay the Pryce!! (Price)
All because the lady wanted to stick it to her husband.Just a £60 pound fine and points on the licence would have saved all this.These people run the country that is the worrying thing.