Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chris Huhne Loses £77,750 Legal Costs Appeal

Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA
Judges uphold ruling ordering former former cabinet minister Chris Huhne to pay £77,750 costs from trial over speeding points scandal. Huhne’s legal team’s original offer of £25,000 towards costs but this was rejected with "no hesitation". On top of this Huhne, was ordered to pay £1,279 prosecution costs relating to the appeal court proceedings.
Three judges at the court of appeal rejected his case at a hearing in London on Tuesday.
The costs order was made in May by Mr Justice Sweeney at Southwark crown court in London.
Prosecutors claimed more than £100,000 from Huhne, who pleaded guilty last February.
His former wife, the economist Vicky Pryce, who was convicted by a jury, was ordered to pay £49,200.

Both have served prison sentences for perverting the course of justice after she took speeding points for her then-husband in 2003.

Dr Pryce has abandoned her own application to challenge the costs order as against her

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