She could hardly have chosen a more damaging defence, could she?
The law concerning marital coercion is part of the 1925 Criminal Justice Act. Following a request from the media, Mr Justice Saunders agreed with the prosecution barrister, Oliver Glasgow, that the press should be permitted to report the basis of Miss Pryce’s intended defence.
Mr Glasgow said: “There is no secrecy the defence is marital coercion. I don’t see that there is any prejudice caused to the prospect of a fair trial [if] it is reported she entered a not guilty plea and intends to advance a defence of marital coercion at trial.”
A straight not guilty plea would be a statement that the points dodging didn\’t happen. A guilty one would be that it did but that she should be punished for it. This is \”it happened but he made me do it\” which is, as I say, the most damaging to Huhne of all of the possblie pleas.