The Judge: The deletion of 3.5 million emails at the News of the World in 2010 ” not the most successful damage limitation exercise ever mounted.” Quite.
The judge gives a damning indictment against Clive Goodman, the royal reporter, accusing him of lying over the extent of his phone hacking. He couldn’t have possibly forgotten he had hacked into Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton’s phones! damning indeed!
The judge makes two very important points re Andy Coulson revealing David Blunkett’s affair with Kimberley Quinn – first a public interest justification that he was breaching security was never revealed in the public article- and secondly when he realised Blunkett’s phone had been hacked – he made no further inquiries way back in 2004 to find out whether phone hacking was widespread at the News of the World. One can only wonder why.
The judge begins his summing up. Strictly no comment.
Beginning his three-day summing up in the phone hacking trial, Mr Justice John Saunders said the jury should disregard all extraneous matters when deciding whether the seven defendants were guilty or not guilty.
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You must acquit Andy Coulson now, his lawyer tells jurors – adding that Mr Coulson is not the big ” I am “. He hasn’t committed a single offence!
Timothy Langdale, QC, for Mr Coulson, said the former editor of the News of the World had tackled difficult questions in the witness box “without shilly-shallying or obfuscation.”
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More argument from Andy Coulson’s lawyer that the editor knew nothing about phone hacking or what Glenn Mulcaire did.
Savage attack on Clive Goodman by Andy Coulson’s lawyer who accuses the former reporter of telling ” any lie” if it suits him. A tale of vengeance against the embattled ex editor and Cameron’s former press spokesman.
Jury Put it out of your mind that anybody at the top of News International has to pay for the phone hacking scandal says Timothy Langdale Andy Coulson’s defence lawyer. Interesting!
Timothy Langdale QC, attacked the credibility of ex-NoW reporters Clive Goodman and Dan Evans at the start of his two-day closing speech at the Old Bailey.
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Damning summing up by David Spens for defendant Clive Goodman who says he was ” groomed ” by Andy Coulson to take the phone hacking rap so other NI executives could escape blame.
Making his closing speech at the phone hacking trial, David Spens, QC, said his client was encouraged by executives to stay silent in 2006-07 about the full scale of illegality at the paper as part of a “cynical” cover-up.
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