Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman has said today if disgraced former cabinet minister Chris Huhne had employed his services, he would not have spent the last two months in prison.
Huhne and his former wife, Vicky Pryce, were both jailed in March for eight months for perverting the course of justice. This related to a speeding offence going back to 2003, when Pryce took the points for her then husband.
Speaking to Sky News’s Eamonn Holmes this morning, Mr Freeman – aka Mr Loophole – said: “The section 172 notice (the notice the registered keeper receives) was probably legally defective as many were at that time.
“In any event, if it was a valid notice, the prosecution process at that time was also probably flawed. That situation remained until several years thereafter.”
Amplifying his statement on Sky News, Mr Freeman said: “These comments were not made in relation to perverting the course of justice charge, but to the initial speeding ticket (172 notice).
He added: “There is a statutory requirement that these notices should be issued ‘by or on behalf of the Chief Officer of Police’. Many notices at this time were defective in this respect.
“This is something that the Crown always need to prove as part of their case and often didn’t, either because the notice itself was legally defective, or because they omitted to attached the notice to the statement of the person who dispatched it. There were many other legal anomalies too!”
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