Criminal law

By PA Mediapoint 01 October 16:59

News International has dropped an application for costs incurred in relation to the multimillion-pound phone-hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks and her staff, a court has heard.

By Dominic Ponsford 01 October 14:59
A second police force has admitted secretly spying on journalists by using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Kent Police used RIPA to obtain the phone records of Mail on Sunday news editor David Dillon and freelance journalist Andrew Alderson, The Times reports today. The data was used to help convict judge Constance Briscoe who was investigated by the police over the false claim that she had not spoken to the press about former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne swapping speeding points with his wife Vicky Pryce.
By Dominic Ponsford 01 October 8:34
How can there be a conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office when only one person has been charged with conspiracy?
By Dominic Ponsford 30 September 13:47
“That someone is unquestionably a nice guy is not a defence”, said prosecutor Peter Wright QC has he began his closing speech in the trial of Sun journalist Vince Soodin. The newspaper’s online news editor, 39, is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and it is alleged that he paid a police officer £500 for information about a fox attacking a child in Brighton.
By William Turvill 29 September 17:42
A Sun reporter told the Old Bailey “these are dark times for the British press” while defending himself against the allegation of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying a Sussex Police sergeant £500 for a story tip. Vince Soodin, 39, denied “cultivating” James Bowes, who he described as The Sun’s rather than his own source.
By William Turvill and Press Association 29 September 15:38
A Sun reporter has told how he turned down a story from a police source who claimed a colleague was a user of an app which connects gay and bi-sexual men. Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying Sussex Police Sergeant James Bowes £500 for a story tip. The court heard how Soodin arranged for Bowes to be paid by The Sun in exchange for a tip about a fox attacking a three-year-old boy at a school in Brighton, which Soodin said was in the public interest.
By William Turvill 26 September 14:45
Earlier this year, a frightened public sector worker who had leaked a story to the press which was undoubtedly in the public interest called Press Gazette to ask if they were in danger of being arrested under Operation Elveden.
By PA Mediapoint 26 September 14:29
A Sun reporter today denied plotting with a corrupt police officer when he sent a "stock" reply to a tip sent to the tabloid about a fox attack.
By PA Media Lawyer 26 September 11:37
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured, Reuters) and actor Christopher Eccleston have settled their phone-hacking damages claims for £30,000 each.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 September 14:47
A former British Army employee is the latest person to be arrested over Scotland Yard's long-running inquiry into the alleged corruption of public officials.
By PA Mediapoint 24 September 15:35
Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of giving Sussex Police sergeant James Bowes £500 in exchange for story tips.
By William Turvill 24 September 9:30
The publisher of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People has agreed to pay compensation to ten people over phone-hacking.
By PA Mediapoint 18 September 15:51
Paul Randall, 49, found out the model was at a Westminster police station where he worked on 25 October 2006 and rang the tabloid newspaper which dispatched a photographer to the scene.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 September 17:51
A 44-year-old freelance journalist arrested in dawn raid on his Northumberland home a year ago has been cleared by the Crown Prosecution Service.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 September 10:44
A former Met Police commander with 30 years' experience in the force has publicly backed Press Gazette’s campaign to stop the police spying on journalists.
By William Turvill 16 September 13:22
Leapman (pictured by Mike Gunnill) was convicted of raping a woman in July after previously being found guilty of downloading child sex abuse images.
By William Turvill 16 September 11:44
McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell in the BBC programme, sued News Group Newspapers for the interception of his voicemails, and the Met Police for selling private information about him to the paper.
By Dominic Ponsford 16 September 10:21
London mayor Boris Johnson (pictured: Reuters) is facing questions over why the police obtained the telephone records of a journalist “without his consent, and without any warrant or other court order”.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 September 15:43
The Chartered Institute of Journalists has urged the Met Police to justify its decision to obtain the phone records of The Sun and its political editor and to reveal how many other times it has used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 September 13:40
The Bureau of Investigation has asked the European Court of Human Rights to stop the UK Government from spying on journalists and their sources.

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