The CPS pushes ahead with a retrial of Coulson and Goodman on bribery of police to obtain copies of internal phone directories. The prosecution also summarised its case against all FIVE News of the World journalists convicted of phone hacking. He described the News of the world as a ” thoroughly criminal enterprise” and said the five hackers should pay £700,000 between them top cover the prosecution’s costs. Another bad day for bad journalism.
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.
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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Finally a date is set for the jury to retire and consider their verdict as Clive Goodman completes his evidence.
Wow! Goodman puts the boot in on the news of the world and phone hacking and by implication Andy Coulson
Industrial scale hacking of the Royals laid bare by Clive Goodman -even on Christmas Day. No wonder Andy Coulson doesn’t want to know!
Another person who can’t remember and has to be reminded by lawyers that she paid out money to sources. Amazing lack of recall among Murdoch’s people.
Andy Coulson’s defence: I didn’t believe Clive Goodman would pay police officers – thought he was exaggerating when he asked me to approve the cash. I still don’t believe he paid police officers No comment.
Here is the News International hand written document released by the Crown Prosecution Service and written by Stuart Kuttner that contains the evidence that Andy Coulson knew about information leaked from MI6 bugging reaching the paper
As discussed in evidence yesterday and today, the CPS have released a redacted version of Stuart Kuttner‘s contemporaneous notes of his discussion with former NOTW Royal Reporter Clive Goodman, dated 10th August 2006, soon after he was released from his arrest and questioning by police in the initial Operation Caryatid investigation into phone hacking.
This evidence is currently being adduced by Andrew Edis QC, as he cross examines Kuttner in the witness box. The original pages are from the NI archives, where Kuttner explains he filed most his notebooks. The transcript is an agreed document
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An extraordinary disclosure about Andy Coulson, the editor of the News of the World, being told by Clive Goodman that he got MI6 intercepts