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Jury clears judge of libelling mother in ‘misery memoir’

A judge who was sued for libel by her mother over allegations of childhood cruelty and neglect in her bestselling “misery memoir” won her case yesterday.

Constance Briscoe burst into tears at the high court in London as a jury unanimously cleared her and publishers Hodder & Stoughton over the claims in Ugly, which her mother Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, 74, had alleged were a “piece of fiction”.

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