Good. Constance Briscoe, 57, a barrister and part-time judge, is currently serving a 16-month jail sentence for trying to pervert the course of justice over the investigation into how disgraced former MP Chris Huhne passed speeding points to his then-wife Vicky Pryce a decade earlier. An extract from the article:
The 57-year-old, who was one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK, was jailed for twice the amount of time handed to Huhne and Pryce, after it emerged that she had helped economist Pryce, a friend and also her neighbour, to reveal information about Huhne’s points-swapping to newspapers after the couple split in 2010.
The court heard that Briscoe was intent on bringing about Mr Huhne’s downfall [our emphasis] and knew how to manipulate the criminal justice system to her advantage, misleading police in her witness statements and deliberately giving them an altered copy of one of her statements.
Briscoe and Pryce were friends and neighbours. This case is an interesting example of female in-group preferencing, which typically goes on ‘under the radar’ and so isn’t normally detected. Lady Hale, the only female judge in the Supreme Court, regularly says we ‘need’ more female judges. Ha.