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British minister faces jail after punishing wife for his speeding ticket

By Mason White 4:24 PM February 4, 2013
Chris Huhne 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A British minister was caught punishing his wife instead of himself after receiving a ticket for speeding, according to court proceedings in England.

Former British Energy Secretary Chris Huhne pleaded guilty Monday to perverting the course of justice after convincing his former wife in 2003 to accept penalty points on her driver’s license for a speeding offense he had committed.

A senior member of the Liberal Democrats, the smallest party in the ruling coalition of Britain, Huhne resigned his cabinet post in February 2012, when he was charged.

He had remained a member of Parliament, but told the London court Monday that he was resigning from his post.
Huhne remains free on bond pending his sentencing in which Judge Nigel Sweeney said would take place at an unspecified later date. Huhne was told by the judge that he was likely to face a prison term.

“You should not have any illusions as to the kind of punishment that you are likely to receive,” Sweeney told Huhne after he pleaded guilty.

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