Criminal law

By Dominic Ponsford 30 March 13:04
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the law needs to be changed to give journalists accused of corrupting public officials by paying for stories a clear public interest defence.
By William Turvill 30 March 11:15
The Metropolitan Police is reportedly “sitting on dozens of unopened bin-bags of material” gathered by officers investigating Trinity Mirror national newspapers. According to The Times, the “sacks” have been gathered by officers from Operation Golding - which is investigating phone-hacking across the Mirror titles. Operation Elveden officers are also investigating allegations of payments to public officials at the newspaper group.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 27 March 15:20
The first journalist to be found guilty of paying a public official in the wake of the high-profile Operation Elveden probe has had the conviction quashed on appeal, it can now be reported.
By Dominic Ponsford 27 March 11:01
Police officers are now banned from secretly obtaining the call records of journalists without getting outside approval from a judge.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 March 9:47
A claim by lawyers for phone-hacking victims that they had suffered "unparalleled" harm was simply wrong, the High Court has heard.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 March 11:06
A former chief constable has said there needs to be a review of the way the charge of corruption in a public office is used against journalists.
By William Turvill 24 March 8:04
When Sun executive editor Fergus Shanahan was arrested more than three years ago, he says he was made to feel like “one of the most dangerous men in the country” by the four cars full of police officers who descended on his family home in Felsted, Essex, shortly after 6am.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 March 15:19
Brandon Malinsky, 50, is on trial at the Old Bailey charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office between September 2010 and March 2011.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 March 15:09
Lawyers for Sun deputy editor Geoff Webster have revealed that they twice asked the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider its case against their client.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 March 12:54
The acquittal of four Sun journalists on Friday feels like a watershed in the battle between UK journalism and the criminal justice system.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 March 9:52
There have been widespread calls for the Crown Prosecution Service to review its policy on prosecuting journalists after the acquittal of four Sun journalists on Friday.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 March 9:10
Bettina Jordan-Barber, 42, was cultivated by Sun chief reporter John Kay as his "number one military contact", providing him with exclusive details of army disciplinary investigations, sex scandals and casualties in Afghanistan.
By PA Mediapoint 23 March 8:33
A former News of the World royal reporter from east London has been convicted of using a soldier in Prince Harry's regiment as a paid tipster, it can now be reported.
By PA Mediapoint 20 March 12:03
Four senior Sun journalists have been cleared of paying public officials for scoops, including titbits on the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
By PA Mediapoint 20 March 10:03
The High Court is facing an "unparallelled" task in deciding the amount of damages to be awarded in eight phone-hacking claims, a judge has heard.
By PA Mediapoint 18 March 8:54
A former official at a Serco-run immigration centre told a court that bosses might have "perversely" wanted him to sell stories to The Sun to expose what was going on there.
By PA Mediapoint 16 March 8:26
Former Mirror Group journalist James Hipwell has denied that giving evidence to the High Court phone-hacking trial was the "ultimate payback" for going to prison over the "City Slickers" share-dealing scandal.
By William Turvill and Press Association 13 March 8:17
Former Sunday Mirror journalist Dan Evans (pictured, Reuters) told the High Court yesterday how he would "place myself in [the] shoes" of phone-hacking targets to crack their PIN codes.
By PA Mediapoint 12 March 13:44
Ed Miliband's silence over the Mirror Group's phone-hacking could be due to his desire not to offend the one news organisation arguing in his favour, William Hague has said. (Picture: Reuters)
By William Turvill 12 March 9:44
Press Gazette has now been barred from asking questions about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act by 26 police forces across the UK. (Picture: Reuters)

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