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BBC News - Phone hacking: Accused protest their innocence

Journalists from the now-defunct News of the World (NoW) have protested their innocence after it was announced eight people are facing hacking charges.

Seven ex-staff members, including former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will be prosecuted for conspiring to intercept voicemails.

The CPS said the charges related to 600 alleged victims between 2000 and 2006.

Mrs Brooks said a charge relating to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's voicemail was "particularly upsetting".



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 Jul 24th, 2012 at 03:56:46 PM EST
Well, they would, wouldn't they ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 02:59:26 AM EST
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well there's lots of Lawyers out there saying "How have their lawyers let them do that" it's really reccomended not to issue statements like that, it may sound good, but a good prosecution lawyer may use them against you, or  others.  

The main reason I haven't included peoples statements is legal. the Guardian started by throwing them all up online, then had a quick panic and took at least one down, as its lawyers realised that one of the statements appeared to accuse one or two of the other accused of involvement. Now this may be ok for the individual, but for a publisher to put this out risks predjudicing the upcoming trial, and nobody wishes to be the one who the finger is pointed at to justify its abandonment


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 04:12:31 AM EST
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But surely, the moment they are issued by their defendants lawyers, they are in the public domain and can be reported freely ?

Or does free speech not apply to things said by lawyers ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 07:57:14 AM EST
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Well the worry is, if it's sufficiently widely published, the Judge could allow a claim that it was no longer possible to have a fair trial, as people have already made up their minds. The closer to the trial date, the more likely for that to happen.   It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that the defendents lawyers might push to make that happen as a realistic possibility for their clients to avopid incarceration.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 08:29:49 AM EST
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AT the very least it is desirable to be able to note that the data was released, or make a credible accusation that it was released, by defense lawyers to poison the well of potential jurors. But if the Guardian puts the data up on its website this becomes much more difficult to maintain.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 12:48:23 PM EST
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