Sun Six Trial: Picture editor was “acceding to requests from a longstanding colleague” – Martin Hickman

18 12 2014

John EdwardsThe Sun’s picture editor, John Edwards, was simply acceding to requests from a longstanding colleague when he responded to emails from a reporter asking for money to pay his sources, his lawyer said yesterday.

Mr Edwards is charged with one count of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office arising from his response to two emails sent to him by Jamie Pyatt, the paper’s Thames Valley reporter and former news editor Jamie Pyatt. He received another two emails by Mr Pyatt requesting payment but did not respond to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Six Trial: Stories about Broadmoor were justified, defence tells court – Martin Hickman

17 12 2014

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The NewstandsThe Sun was justified in running stories about Broadmoor that the psychiatric hospital wanted to keep “hush hush”, a lawyer for one its journalists told a court today. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Six Trial: Defence speech, some stories from public officials so trivial jury should acquit – Martin Hickman

16 12 2014

Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt arrives at court in LondonSome stories published by The Sun as a result payments to public officials were so trivial that jurors should acquit the reporter who wrote them, his lawyer said today. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Mark Hanna “a man caught up” in a case which has nothing to do with him – Martin Hickman

4 06 2014

Mark HannaDay 114, Part 2: Mark Hanna, News International’s security chief, did nothing more than pick up some property from Rebekah Brooks’ husband Charlie and arrange its return the following day, his lawyer told the phone hacking trial today. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Charlie Brooks not a man capable of committing criminal offence, jury told – Martin Hickman

3 06 2014

Charlie BrooksDay 114, Part 1: Charlie Brooks is a loving husband who enjoys a few drinks down the pub and makes “stupid” decisions, rather than the mastermind of a criminal conspiracy, his lawyer told London’s Central Criminal Court today. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks’ Defence Counsel begins closing speech – Martin Hickman

20 05 2014

Rebekah BrooksDay 107:  The Crown’s case that Rebekah Brooks plotted to hack phones is “entirely circumstantial” and based on theory rather than evidence, her lawyer told the Old Bailey today. Read the rest of this entry »