UK jury convicts Huhne's ex-wife in speeding case
LONDON (AP) — The ex-wife of a former U.K. Cabinet minister was convicted on Thursday of perverting the course of justice for taking her husband's speeding penalty in 2003.
Vicky Pryce — who had claimed that her husband, Chris Huhne, coerced her into taking the penalty for the speeding violation — will be sentenced at a later date alongside her ex, who earlier pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Huhne's last-minute guilty plea last month was a surprise — he had protested his innocence for months — and shattered his once promising political career. Huhne, 58, resigned from Parliament the same day he pleaded guilty.
Pryce, 60, was found guilty in a retrial Thursday by a jury at London's Southwark Crown Court. A previous jury had failed to reach a verdict.
Judge Nigel Sweeney granted Pryce bail until sentencing, but warned her to be "under no illusions" about a possible sentence.
Perverting the course of justice usually carries a sentence of between four months and three years in jail.
Pryce did not say a word as she left the courthouse. Her lawyer, Robert Brown, said she is "naturally very disappointed" to have been convicted.
The case riveted Britain as deeply personal and embarrassing revelations about the powerful couple's 25-year marriage emerged.
Pryce — an economist who has worked as a senior adviser in both the private sector and in government — split from Huhne in 2010 after his affair with his public relations adviser was revealed.