Constance Briscoe: Disgraced Judge’s Mother Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell Gives Her Daughter A Kick On Her Way Down
THIS week barrister and occasional judge Constance Briscoe started her 16-month jail sentence for lying to police investigating the case of LibDem MP Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce, who were both jailed after she accepted driving penalty points for him in 2003.
Interesting stuff. But there is another angle to this story. As Briscoe went down, her mother, Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, 80, did not shed any tears for her daughter, well not ones of sadness:
“I’ve been waiting for the day to come. She should have been in the dock a long time before now. She is a first-class liar… know all her tricks … the shock of what my daughter did to me made me lose my eyesight.”
More interesting stuff.
In 2006, Constance Briscoe published her memoir Ugly. It became a best seller. It begins:
”’Do your parents know you’re here?’ asked the lady at Social Services. ‘No,’ I said, ‘but I want to know about children’s homes.’ If my mother found out what I was doing, I would only get a beating.”
She claimed her parents called her ugly. She claimed her mother struck her and told her:
“Look at those lips – you didn’t get them from my side of the family. Why don’t you use them to clear out the blocked sink?”
Two years later Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell sued her daughter for libel.
“She knows it’s lies. She knows it. So I think she’ll come and say, ‘Mum, I’m sorry.’ And I’m waiting, that’s what I’m fighting for. I’m not fighting for money, I’m not fighting for anything. All I want is the truth.”
She lost. Said her daughter after that court victory:
“If I lost this case my whole career in law would be over. You cannot practise as a lawyer if you are a proven liar. Why would I risk everything I had worked so hard to achieve?”
Such are the facts…