Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Phone-hacking trial - charges, verdicts, links to media articles, Leveson and beyond


What were the actual charges in the "Phone-Hacking" trial?  Here they are as published by the Crown Prosecution Service.  The charges arose from two Police investigations referred to as Operations Elveden and Weeting.

CPS - Charging announcement in relation to Operation Elveden
Crown Prosecution Service - Operation Weeting - CPS Charging Decisions


Are summarised at The Independent Phone hacking trial: the verdicts in full and at  Press Gazette

Media links:

The Guardian 26th June 2014 -  Phone hacking trial was officially about crime; but in reality, it was about power

The Guardian 26th June - Phone hacking trial: total legal costs approach £100m 

Mail Online 26th June - The most expensive case in British criminal history ...

Phone hacking trial: Why was Rebekah Brooks found not guilty ... The Drum 25th June 2014

Phone hacking trial: Why was Andy Coulson found guilty ... The Drum 27th June 2014

Phone hacking: newspapers fail to report the real story about the trial - The Guardian - Greenslade blog

The Telegraph 26th June 2014 - Peter Oborne wrote - Prime Minister and his gang haven't learnt their lesson

Leveson Inquiry and beyond:

The Prime Minister announced a two-part inquiry investigating the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal, on 13 July 2011. Lord Justice Leveson was appointed as Chairman of the Inquiry.  The report is available via the Leveson Inquiry website and the principal recommendations are summarised here.

Subsequently, a Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press came into being.  Such a Charter was not a recommendation of the Leveson Inquiry but came about as part of the political response.  See Privy Council 30th October 2013.   The Charter created a "Recognition Panel."    David Wolfe QC has been appointed as Chair of the Recognition Panel set up by the Royal Charter - Public appointments 26th June 2014.

Previous posts - e.g. 14th October 2013 - "We by Our Royal Prerogative ... will, ordain and declare as follows ...."

The industry also created the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and Sir Alan Moses was appointed Chairman.  Sir Alan resigned his office as Lord Justice of Appeal with effect from 21st June 2014. 

IPSO faces a number of difficult challenges.

See also Media Stadards Trust poll shows IPSO fall short of public expectations for a new Press Regulator.

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