Britain’s Top Black Woman Judge Constance Briscoe Is Arrested at Her Home

Martin Robinson, Daily Mail (London), October 11, 2012

Britain’s most high-profile black woman judge, Constance Briscoe, has been arrested by police.

The 55-year-old was questioned by Kent Constabulary before being bailed pending further inquiries.

‘A 55-year-old woman was arrested in Clapham, south London, on Saturday October 6. She was interviewed by officers,’ Kent Police said in a statement.

Her arrest means that she will not be able to sit as a judge while being investigated concerning matters which cannot be revealed for legal reasons.

A spokeswoman for the Office for Judicial Complaints said in a statement: ‘The Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor have suspended Constance Briscoe from the judiciary pending the outcome of the police investigation into the allegations against her. It would be inappropriate to comment further whilst the investigation is active.’

Ms Briscoe has been a controversial figure and was unsuccessfully sued by her own mother over revelations in her autobiography.

The leading barrister and part-time judge wrote ‘Ugly’  a memoir about her grim childhood in Kennington, South London, which charted in agonising detail her difficult younger years.

In the book, Ms Briscoe alleges that her Jamaican mother Carmen and stepfather Garfield Eastman regularly beat her as a child and repeatedly criticised her looks, once refusing to buy her school photograph with the words: ‘You is ugly.’

Once her mother allegedly said: ‘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?’

Ms Briscoe also describes the extraordinary lengths she has gone to not to be ‘ugly’ any more in the sequel to her memoirs, Beyond Ugly, published in 2008.

She has had cosmetic operations to narrow and straighten her nose, to slim her lips, to remove eye bags, to whiten her teeth and narrow her feet.

She had two children, Martin, 24, and Francesca, 22, from a 12-year relationship with Adam Wilson, a lawyer.

Until 2010 she was with Anthony Arlidge QC, and in August she publicly slammed her former lover, aged 76, after he chose to leave her for a woman who was 25, after 12 years together.

‘He’s not having a midlife crisis,’ she said.

‘He’s not having a late crisis. This is a late, late, late crisis.

‘Of course, I was terribly upset. I’d been with him a long time, but I think men get to a certain age where they press the bonkers button.’

She and Mr Arlidge met in a café at the Old Bailey in 2000.

Ms Briscoe had taken a law degree at Newcastle University before being called to the Bar in 1983.

She became a part-time judge in 1996.

Earlier this year it was reported Ms Briscoe is writing a crime novel and looking at the possibility of finding some work in television.

Constance Robinson

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  • This would be a good time to mention that the next James Bond is going to be black, according to the studio:

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/will-english-actor-idris-elba-be-the-first-black-james-bond/302319-8-67.html

    Fancy a crisp, guvnuh?

    http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/sitepix/10_2012/idriselba-oct26.jpg

    • Mercerian Jed

      Soon, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson will return to school history books, but they will be blacks.

      “History finally caught up with the future,” will be the caption…

      • hey, Abe Lincoln fights vampires so why not

        • danlieb7

          I went out to rent a movie from Redbox and there was this ridiculous action movie titled “Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter”. Need less to say  that the evil vampires were the race conscious white Protestant folks from the south sporting rebel flags. Such nonsense has crept into our history  and popular entertainment. I worry about the present & future generations.

    • danlieb7

      First a black-hispanic Spiderman and now a black 007? Insanity never ends in this PC era. By the way , I find it interesting that these stories were found in a media source from an Asian nation like India. IBN is an Indian channel which has ties to her American sister network – CNN.

    • eunometic

      Daniel Craig is on record as saying he wants to see a Black primeminster. I certainly will not pay to see his silly movie.

  • Mercerian Jed

    Obviously, the police in UK are still deeply racist and need immediate Diversity Sensitivity Training.

  • I’m guessing she went off on her ex-lover and probably bloodied his nose. Hard to believe such an educated member of society, with such a respectable judicial job would resort to physical violence but then again what’s that saying? You can take the “so & so” out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the.. Oh, I forget how it goes.

    • ageofknowledge

      I figure the reason is rooted in a chimp out as well.

  • Oil Can Harry

    When she was a child her Jamaican parents told her “You is ugly”.

    No no no! The correct and proper ebonics would be “You be ugly”. 

    • TheAntidote

      Well yes, the formal Ebonic would be “You be ugly.” But as these were the parents of the child, the familiar conjugation not the formal must be used: “Yu beez ugly (n’ sheit!)”

      • chuck_2011

         or it might be “you beez a dawg woman”

    • Persephone Gray

      They don’t use ebonics in the UK. It’s a whole ‘nother thing over there.

  • NYB

    “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?”

    I’ve known a few Jamaicans.  Generally, they find great humor in insensitivity and creative insults.   They have little time for vulnerability, in fact, it probably stimulates them to be more aggressive.

  • they can’t whiten her eyeballs can they?

  • IstvanIN

    HM’s Government has no business having blacks working for the courts.

  • IKantunderstand

    I thought the White judges in England looked stupid in those wigs. How wrong I was.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    “She has had cosmetic operations to narrow and straighten her nose, to slim her lips, to remove eye bags, to whiten her teeth and narrow her feet.”

    She had two children, Martin, 24, and Francesca, 22, from a 12-year relationship with Adam Wilson, a lawyer.

    That thing on her heard makes look a lot like “Predator.”

  • Persephone Gray

    “Legal reasons” is the DM’s way of preventing comments on “controversial” stories they know will generate lots of un-PC commentary from readers. Other times, they allow it but shut it down if it gets too real. Most European newspapers are signed onto that EU directive that prohibits them from publishing anything deemed as divisive, racially offensive, or harmful to racial harmony.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “Once her mother allegedly said: ‘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?’”

    That is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time.

    As for her looks in that picture. All I can say is “Ahhh what’s up doc?”

  • For a black, she looks good. Just- it’s not the topic. 
    Anyway, she’s got a sense of humor:

    Until 2010 she was with Anthony Arlidge QC, and in August she publicly slammed her former lover, aged 76, after he chose to leave her for a woman who was 25, after 12 years together.

    ‘He’s not having a midlife crisis,’ she said.

    ‘He’s not having a late crisis. This is a late, late, late crisis.