Criminal law

By William Turvill 22 December 10:03
James Weatherup (pictured, Reuters) and Neville Thurlbeck are suing News Group Newspapers for unfair dismissal after losing their jobs in the aftermath of the phone-hacking scandal. The publisher applied for the claims to be struck out of court, accusing the journalists of being “vexatious” and claiming they have no prospect of success. But that argument has been rejected by Judge Brian Doyle. He said in a judgment seen by Press Gazette: “Are the claims vexatious or an abuse of process? I do not accept that these claims are being pursued with no expectation of success.”
By Court News UK 19 December 16:28
William Clegg QC, for reporter John Troup, said the prosecution was "misconceived" in alleging the journalist conspired to bribe a public official.
By William Turvill 19 December 16:04
Released earlier this month by the Home Office, the draft has been widely criticised for saying that police should continue to be allowed to access journalists’ phone records without any outside approval.
By Court News UK 19 December 15:32
Oliver Blunt QC is defending managing editor Graham Dudman, who is accused of paying a City of London police officer for tips on the hunt for schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
By Court News UK 19 December 12:19
Hundreds of payment request forms signed by Brooks and her successor, Dominic Mohan, have failed to materialise at the trial at Kingston Crown Court, it is said.
By William Turvill 18 December 8:11
Last month, Graham Johnson, 46, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court to intercepting communications in the course of transmission without lawful authority.
By PA Media Lawyer 17 December 16:19
The judge who decided that men being made subject to injunctions banning them from having contact with a girl they were alleged to have exploited sexually could be identified in the media has said he was "extremely surprised" at the stance taken by West Midlands Police.
By William Turvill 17 December 11:51
News Corp made an operating loss of £3.5m, down year on year from a £51m profit, in the year to June as it spent more than £100m on legal costs and financing the Management and Standards Committee.
By PA Mediapoint 17 December 8:45
Simon Harris was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today of a host of sex offences against vulnerable young Kenyan street boys.
By Court News UK 16 December 17:03
The public has a right to know about notorious Broadmoor inmates like the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and M25 rapist Tony Imiela because of the heinous crimes they committed, the Sun six trial was told.
By Dominic Ponsford 16 December 8:46

Around 20 journalists are believed to have been arrested in a series of dawn raids in Turkey.

By Court News UK 15 December 17:11
Sun publisher News International (now known as News UK) is an unscrupulous "copper's nark" suppressing evidence of corruption to save Rebekah Brooks and itself from prosecution, a court heard.
By Court News UK 15 December 16:32
Sun news editor Chris Pharo was "instrumental" in paying public officials for a "morbid, gripping, and outrageous" leaks, the prosecutor said as he made his final summing up in the Sun six trial.
By Court News UK 15 December 12:58
Pharo, alongside five colleagues - managing editor Graham Dudman, 51, head of news Chris Pharo, 45, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, 38, picture editor John Edwards, 50, and reporters Jamie Pyatt, 51, and John Troup, 49 - is accused of paying public officials for stories.
By William Turvill 15 December 10:27
The revelation came as the force disclosed figures showing that an estimated 67 public officials have been “dealt” with under Operation Elveden into media leaks.
By PA Mediapoint 12 December 16:45
At a hearing at the Old Bailey former features editor Jules Stenson admitted conspiring to intercept voicemail messages between 1 January 2003 and 26 January 2007.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 December 10:16
Another day at the Old Bailey watching the slow-motion car crash of a journalist's life being destroyed.
By Press Gazette 11 December 15:52
The first journalist convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office has escaped imprisonment after being given a six-month sentence suspended for one year.
By William Turvill 11 December 10:06
The Metropolitan Police unlawfully accessed journalistic material contained on News UK's "back-up tapes" containing 20m emails, the company has alleged.
By Press Gazette 11 December 9:56
A News of the World journalist who wrote two stories about James Bulger killer Jon Venables's apparently privileged life behind bars will be sentenced today after becoming the first journalist to be found guilty of paying a corrupt official for tips.

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