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Jun 30, 2014

UK PM Cameron’s former aide Coulson to be re-tried over royal payments

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson, found guilty last week
over phone-hacking while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, will
stand trial for a second time over alleged illegal payments,
prosecutors said on Monday.

Coulson was convicted by a jury of being complicit in
widespread tapping of voicemails by journalists at Murdoch’s now
defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid following an
eight-month trial at London’s Old Bailey.

Jun 26, 2014

Late UK TV star Savile said to have sexually abused dead bodies

LONDON (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders, might have sexually abused dead bodies in a hospital where he worked as a volunteer, health investigators said on Thursday.

In 2012 police said Savile, one of the Britain’s best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011.

Jun 25, 2014

In defence of Rebekah Brooks: a British lawyer cripples the prosecution case

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Just weeks before her trial on
phone-hacking charges was due to start, Rebekah Brooks got some
crushing news: the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British
newspaper arm learnt that her main defence lawyer could no
longer represent her.

Brooks need not have worried about losing John Kelsey-Fry,
who dropped out as he himself might be called as a witness in
the case, even though he is one of Britain’s best trial lawyers.

Jun 24, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared in case that shook British establishment

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss
of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted on
Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and
bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political
establishment.

A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks
unanimously but found Andy Coulson – her former lover and Prime
Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief – guilty of conspiring
to intercept messages to break news about royalty, celebrities
and victims of crime.

Jun 24, 2014

Special Report: Rebekah Brooks – The tangled tale of a tabloid career

LONDON (Reuters) – On July 7, 2011, at the height of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks announced the closure of Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, The News of the World. That evening, she sat with senior colleagues in a restaurant in London’s Chelsea Harbour, fighting back tears.

    The group – which included James Murdoch, chairman of News Corp’s British newspaper arm – vowed to fight on. ”It was them against the world,” said a former senior News Corp figure with knowledge of the dinner. “They just believed … it was once more unto the breach. Just one more charge.”

Jun 24, 2014

Rebekah Brooks: The tangled tale of a tabloid career

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – On July 7, 2011, at the height
of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks announced the
closure of Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, The News of the
World. That evening, she sat with senior colleagues in a
restaurant in London’s Chelsea Harbour, fighting back tears.

The group – which included James Murdoch, chairman of News
Corp’s British newspaper arm – vowed to fight on. “It was them
against the world,” said a former senior News Corp figure with
knowledge of the dinner. “They just believed … it was once
more unto the breach. Just one more charge.”

Jun 24, 2014

Protégée’s acquittal boosts Murdoch, but spell over UK politics broken

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – The acquittal of Rupert
Murdoch’s protegee over phone hacking at his News of the World
tabloid is a relief for the 83-year-old tycoon and his
businesses, although his 40 year spell over British politics is
probably still broken for good.

A jury on Tuesday found former News of the World editor Andy
Coulson guilty of conspiracy to hack into voicemail messages.
But Murdoch’s protegee Rebekah Brooks was cleared of those
charges, as well as accusations of making illegal payments to
officials and perverting the course of justice.

Jun 24, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of all hacking charges in UK trial

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in the hunt for exclusive news.

A jury at London’s Old Bailey cleared Brooks unanimously but found Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief and ex-editor of one of Murdoch’s British titles, guilty of being part of the phone-hacking conspiracy after a seven-month trial.

Jun 11, 2014

Jury sent out in UK phone-hacking trial of ex-Murdoch editors

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – A jury retired on Wednesday to
consider whether two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors, one the media
mogul’s protege and the other a former close aide to the British
Prime Minister, were guilty over phone-hacking offences and
illegal payments to officials.

After more than seven months of listening to graphic details
about the “dark arts” of British tabloid journalism, the eight
women and three men at London’s Old Bailey court will have to
decide whether Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were complicit in
illegal activities with their staff.

May 28, 2014

Hacking case against UK PM Cameron’s ex-media chief “cavalier”-court

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – The prosecution of Andy Coulson,
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief, over
phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid has
been cavalier and unfair, his lawyer told a London court on
Wednesday.

The jury at London’s Old Bailey court, where Coulson and six
others are on trial, must not think a senior figure at Murdoch’s
company had to be held to blame for the scandal which engulfed
the media mogul’s empire in July 2011, said Coulson’s lawyer
Timothy Langdale.