Criminal law

By Court News UK 31 October 8:35
A former clinical director at Broadmoor Hospital said yesterday its notorious inmates have a right to watch soft pornography.
By PA Mediapoint 30 October 12:50
Clodagh Hartley (pictured) is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of paying Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs press officer Jonathan Hall around £17,000 for story tips over a period of three years.
By Court News UK 30 October 10:07
Psychiatrist Dr Kevin Murray, who believed Peter Sutcliffe was not a murderer, said the public should not have been told Gonzalez had killed himself in a maximum security hospital.
By PA Mediapoint 29 October 15:11
The journalist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at the Old Bailey for conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by using prison officer Scott Chapman as the paid source for two stories on Jon Venables after he was sent back to jail in 2010 for child porn offences.
By Court News UK 29 October 14:15
The mother of a teenager killed in a gliding accident questioned how The Sun almost instantly discovered her grief-stricken family's address, a court heard.
By PA Mediapoint 28 October 15:06
The journalist is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying prison officer Scott Chapman for stories about Jon Venables while he was in jail for child porn offences in 2010.
By Court News UK 28 October 14:07
A senior reporter at The Sun used a soldier to keep close tabs on the movements of Prince Harry (pictured, Reuters) when he was deployed to Afghanistan, a court heard today.
By Court News UK 27 October 17:23
Lesley Langshaw said staff knew stories about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Rachel Nickell's killer Robert Napper were being passed to the press.
By PA Mediapoint 24 October 15:40
Tom Savage told jurors he never knew Scott Chapman's true identity or that he worked at the prison where Jon Venables served time behind bars for child porn offences.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 24 October 14:24
Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe referred to the leak enquiries in his submission to the Leveson Inquiry, when he also revealed his force is "one of the few organisations which has established an independent command to deal exclusively with both overt and covert complaints and investigations".
By PA Mediapoint 24 October 9:35
Daily Star Sunday reporter Tom Savage said it never occurred to him that the contact he knew as Adam was in fact a serving prison officer - but added that if he had known, it would not have mattered "in the slightest".
By William Turvill 24 October 9:22
Met Police assistant commissioner Martin Hewett wrote to the chair of the committee, Keith Vaz MP, to say that the Directorate of Professional Standards was investigating the allegation that the BBC’s story had come from an Operation Yewtree.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 October 8:53
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Strasburger has tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill that would require public authorities to ask a judge before accessing the phone records of journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 October 7:05
Chief constable of Bedfordshire Police Colette Paul begins her stint as Association of Chief Police Officers media lead at a time when relations between journalists and police officers are at something of a low ebb.
By PA Mediapoint 22 October 15:55
Scott Chapman, 42, was allegedly paid £40,000 for a string of stories about the child killer's time behind bars after he was jailed for child porn offences in 2010.
By Court News UK 22 October 15:40
The journalist made a number of expense claims for a "Surrey police contact" who handed over photographs and scoops, the court heard.
By PA Mediapoint 22 October 9:03
Scott Chapman is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of accepting £40,000 in exchange for tips about Venables while he was in jail for child porn offences in 2010.
By Court News UK 21 October 17:47
Detectives and staff at Broadmoor Hospital leaked details of spree killer Daniel Gonzalez and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe to the tabloid press, a court heard today.
By Dominic Ponsford 21 October 13:41
The Liberal Democrats last night tabled amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to provide public interest defences to journalists and others accused of computer hacking and bribery.
By Court News UK 21 October 10:22
Senior detectives who investigated the Soham murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were unaware of any leaks to The Sun from inside the massive police operation, a court heard yesterday.

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