Rebekah Brooks cleared of phone hacking; Andy Coulson found guilty

The Northern Echo: CLEARED: Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey, in London, during the trial CLEARED: Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey, in London, during the trial

FORMER News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiring to hack phones with others between 2000 and 2006. Former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all charges by the jury at the Old Bailey.

Coulson, who was forced to resign as Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications over the scandal, now faces the possibility of jail following the high-profile trial.

Brooks was overcome by emotion on hearing the verdicts and was taken away by the court matron.

Retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner was also cleared of being part of a conspiracy dating back to 2000 and spanning six years.

Brooks's former personal assistant Cheryl Carter was cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Brooks's husband Charlie and NI director of security Mark Hanna were also cleared of perverting the course of justice.

But the jury, which has been considering verdicts since Wednesday, June 11, is still considering further charges against Coulson and former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.

The partial verdicts were delivered on the jury's eighth day of deliberations and the 138th day of the trial.

Ex-No 10 spin doctor Coulson, 46, of Charing, Kent; had denied all the charges as had Goodman, 56, of Addlestone, Surrey.

Brooks, 46, was cleared of hacking, misconduct in a public office for allegedly signing off payments to a Sun journalist's "number one military contact" between 2004 and 2012, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Carter, 50, of Chelmsford, Essex, was cleared of perverting the course of justice by removing seven boxes from the NI archive just days before she was arrested in 2011.

Racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, 52, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Hanna, 51, were cleared of perverting the course of justice around the time of police searches in July 2011.

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1:13pm Tue 24 Jun 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

Yeah Right - they brought charges they knew would not stick! Rebecca Brookes adopted a child to keep her privacy out of the headlines. Why was the Leveson Enquiry a SECRET enquiry, Hidden in distractional news? Why has there been no mention of Southern Investigations?? run by Ian/John/Johnathon Reece/Rees/Reese etc. Ask people who are trying to bring Justice to the murdered souls.
Yeah Right - they brought charges they knew would not stick! Rebecca Brookes adopted a child to keep her privacy out of the headlines. Why was the Leveson Enquiry a SECRET enquiry, Hidden in distractional news? Why has there been no mention of Southern Investigations?? run by Ian/John/Johnathon Reece/Rees/Reese etc. Ask people who are trying to bring Justice to the murdered souls. somethinginsidesostrong
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3:40pm Tue 24 Jun 14

nigel d says...

British justice, the best money and friends can buy.
British justice, the best money and friends can buy. nigel d
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7:40pm Tue 24 Jun 14

bettysenior says...

Coulson is not the real criminal, but where senior western politicians and their leaders should be dragged before the international courts for how they have sold western people down the river with their deals with 'big' business behind closed doors over the last 30-years (the years where the super rich and rich in general got richer than ever before in the history of the world). Indeed now according to Credit Suisse's 'Global Wealth Report' 2013, the top 10% of the world's people now control 86% of the total wealth of the world, leaving a mere 14% of the world's total wealth to the remaining 90% of the global population. But adding to this total human failing in unparallel inequality, Forbes stated this year that the 'Global 2000' controlled 51% of the world's total trade last year and you can see that politicians have created a monster that has no empathy with humanity and only thinks of itself. Unfortunately this monster that western politicians have jointly created with big business has now produced an even greater monster that will threaten all future generations to come and where nuclear weapons will not be able to used against this hidden destruction force as it will simply reside within our own communities (Iraq just a taster unfortunately of what is to come) - Inequality is the global fuel and the fuse is already lit to set the world on fire in the 21st century.

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Coulson is not the real criminal, but where senior western politicians and their leaders should be dragged before the international courts for how they have sold western people down the river with their deals with 'big' business behind closed doors over the last 30-years (the years where the super rich and rich in general got richer than ever before in the history of the world). Indeed now according to Credit Suisse's 'Global Wealth Report' 2013, the top 10% of the world's people now control 86% of the total wealth of the world, leaving a mere 14% of the world's total wealth to the remaining 90% of the global population. But adding to this total human failing in unparallel inequality, Forbes stated this year that the 'Global 2000' controlled 51% of the world's total trade last year and you can see that politicians have created a monster that has no empathy with humanity and only thinks of itself. Unfortunately this monster that western politicians have jointly created with big business has now produced an even greater monster that will threaten all future generations to come and where nuclear weapons will not be able to used against this hidden destruction force as it will simply reside within our own communities (Iraq just a taster unfortunately of what is to come) - Inequality is the global fuel and the fuse is already lit to set the world on fire in the 21st century. http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2014/06/the- uks-and-usas-per-cap ita-decline-in.html bettysenior
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11:15pm Tue 24 Jun 14

tomtopper says...

After being treated like a terrorist by the police and their ridiculous raids, She was found innocent in a court of law ..

To go down that route, one could question the technicality that freed the Birmingham six for example..
After being treated like a terrorist by the police and their ridiculous raids, She was found innocent in a court of law .. To go down that route, one could question the technicality that freed the Birmingham six for example.. tomtopper
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