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.
Judge’s summing up ; Mulcaire’s suspected 12 victims named. Milly Dowler hacking central to case against Rebekah Brooks , Andy Coulson.and Stuart Kuttner.
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.
Blistering defence of Rebekah Brooks by her defence counsel, Jonathan Laidlaw who insists there was ” very little hacking” under her editorship.
Fascinating that Andy Coulson can’t remember anything Dan Evans told him about phone hacking when he interviewed him for a job and never even suspected that convicted hacker Clive Goodman had employed Glenn Mulcaire, who admitted hacking voicemails.
Day 93, Part 1: Andy Coulson did not knowingly recruit a skilled phone-hacker to the News of the World, he told the Old Bailey today. Mr Coulson also denied Dan Evans played him a voicemail recording of a message he had intercepted from the phone of the actress Sienna Miller.
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So Andy Coulson acting editor of the News of the World had NO knowledge that Glenn Mulcaire had hacked Milly Dowler’s voicemail. No comment!
Coulson says he didn’t know about Mulcaire until he was arrested and never took much of an interest in private investigators! The love cheat admits he caused pain to his wife with his “on off” affair with Rebekah Brooks!
A man in charge of a £30m budget paid all his hacks expenses on trust -fascinating insight into business methods.
So Stuart Kuttner proposed a 50 per cent cut to the £100,000 a year paid to phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire and can’t remember why it was rejected. Interesting!