Hacking trial :Charlie Brooks and Kuttner’s Costs Application Rejected : Judge’s statement in full

Peter Jukes reports here that Mr Justice Saunders has rejected claims totalling £630,000 from the taxpayer for costs by Charlie Brooks and Stuart Kuttner. Both were acquitted in the hacking trial. But the judge says they put themselves under suspicion and he refused their applications. The judge is right in my view. The judge’s ruling is published in full in this blog.

The Criminal Media Nexus

While News UK withdrew, at the last minute, their £10-20 million application for costs for Brooks and other corporately defended clients, the claim by Charlie Brooks and Stuart for their private expenses has also been rejected my Mr Justice Saunders today: his full decision is below. Charlie had claimed half a million for his defence, while Stuart Kuttner £130,000  for his individual costs.

Meanwhile, Private Eye has added more detail to the reason News UK withdrew it’s cost application ten days ago,

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Phone Hacking Trial: Prosecutors to announce whether Coulson will face Re-trial – Martin Hickman

The trial today came to an untimely end with the judge criticising the Prime Minister for his comments about Coulson before the jury could decide on a verdict on the last charges against the PM’s former press secretary. Now there could be a retrial.

Inforrm's Blog

Phone hacking claimsProsecutors will announce within days whether Andy Coulson will face a re-trial on charges he and former News of the World colleague Clive Goodman paid cash bribes to police officers guarding the Royal Family, the Old Bailey was told today.

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