Social media: anti-social, criminal but also tolerable – Amber Melville-Brown

16 10 2016

cps-1Where once news was obtained from the inky-print of hard copy newspapers and from cracking RP voices over the wireless, today social media is the voice that seems to shout the loudest. Read the rest of this entry »





News: CPS announces no further phone hacking prosecutions against News Group or Mirror Group

11 12 2015

TrinityMirrorThe Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) today announced that no further action will be taken in relation to two phone hacking investigations, Operation Weeting and Operation Golding.  As a result, News Group Newspapers Limited (“NGN”) will not face prosecution on corporate charges and 10 individuals at Mirror Group will not be prosecuted. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Bukovsky v CPS, Judge Seals File in Child Porn Libel Case – Media Lawyer

28 10 2015

_82597606_vladimirbukovskyA judge has set aside an injunction issued in a defamation case in which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being sued by veteran Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky over allegations that he has been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalists and the courts: where the Sun and its friends are wrong – Brian Cathcart

20 04 2015

s18Amid the sustained press attacks on Operation Elveden and on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to the prosecution of journalists on charges arising out of payments to public officials, it is worth remembering four basic points.  Read the rest of this entry »





Operation Elveden: CPS drops cases as more journalists acquitted – James Doleman

18 04 2015

Old-BaileyThere were understandable scenes of jubilation from the friends and family of the two Sun and one Daily Mirror reporters at the Old Bailey yesterday as a jury found them not guilty on all charges. The Mirror’s Graham Brough and Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky of the Sun walked free from court. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: the final application, some revelations and a CPS Statement [updated]

26 06 2014

???????????????????????The phone hacking trial of originally eight and finally seven defendants finally concluded yesterday, 25 June 2014, having begun on 28 October 2013.  It end with a verdict of guilty on Count 1, conspiracy to intercept voicemails, against former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson.  The jury were unable to agree on two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office against Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman. The other five defendants – Rebekah Brooks, Stuart Kuttner, Charlie Brooks, Cheryl  Carter and Mark Hanna – we acquitted on all charges. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Clive Goodman: CPS had evidence incriminating three NOTW execs in 2006 – Martin Hickman

19 03 2014

News Of The WorldDay 72: The Crown Prosecution Service had evidence incriminating three News of the World executives in phone hacking seven years ago – but made a decision to limit the case to the paper’s royal editor Clive Goodman, he claimed at the Old Bailey today. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Phone Hacking – Coulson, Brooks, Mulcaire and five others to be charged

24 07 2012

The Crown Prosecution Service announced today that it had decided to charge former News of the World editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks,  and six others with offences relating to alleging phone hacking between 2002 and 2006.  In addition to Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, the News of the World employees to be charged are Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup.  Glenn Mulcaire will also face further charges. Read the rest of this entry »