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Rebekah Brooks charged with perverting the course of justice | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has been charged over allegations that she tried to conceal evidence from detectives investigating phone hacking and alleged bribes to public officials.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that Brooks, one of the most high-profile figures in the newspaper industry, would be charged with three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in July last year at the height of the police investigation.

Scotland Yard later confirmed she had been charged along with her husband, Charlie Brooks, and four others.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 15th, 2012 at 02:45:23 PM EST
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Rebekah Brooks: case against me is an expensive sideshow | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Rebekah Brooks has hit out at the decision to charge her with three counts of conspiracy to obstruct the cause of justice, describing the case against her as "an expensive sideshow" and a "waste of public money".

Looking tired and nervous, the former News International chief executive chose to speak after her husband, Charlie, making a set of brief remarks in which she attacked the Crown Prosection Service's decision to bring charges on Tuesday morning.

Speaking live to camera outside the central London offices of her lawyers, Kingsley Napley, shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday, Brooks said: "Whilst I have always respected the criminal justice system, I have to question today whether the decision was made on a proper impartial assessment of the evidence.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 15th, 2012 at 03:13:07 PM EST
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Sounds serious. What would be the likely sentence were she convicted? Are there guidelines?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 16th, 2012 at 12:39:07 AM EST
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Up to life, but more likely to be a year or so.

Two points that may not be obvious:

  1. Charlie Brooks is an old school friend of Cameron's.

  2. The trial is going to be very interesting.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed May 16th, 2012 at 02:23:54 AM EST
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the most interesting part of which will be the grounds for the inevitable acquittal

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 16th, 2012 at 08:06:49 AM EST
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