Criminal law

By PA Mediapoint 20 October 16:49
Jon Venables told his mother in a phone call he was "pissed off" about stories on his time behind bars for child porn offences.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 October 13:21
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today that the police shold be banned from accessing journalists' call records without the permission of a judge. Speaking at a press conference today he went further than Home Secretary Theresa May who has said that the code of conduct on use of spying powers should be strengthened to protect journalists, but that tele
By Dominic Ponsford 20 October 10:44
A senior Metropolitan Police officer has defended the use of spying powers against journalists saying that “nobody should be above the law”.
By PA Mediapoint 20 October 8:49
A witness, who cannot be identified, was giving evidence in the trial of prison officer Scott Chapman who was allegedly paid £40,000 by newspapers for information about James Bulger's killer after he was sent back to prison in 2010 for child porn offences.
By PA Mediapoint 20 October 8:30
A "mole hunt" was conducted at the high security psychiatric hospital to find where the tip-offs which led to exclusive stories in the newspaper were coming from, Kingston Crown Court was told.
By William Turvill 17 October 11:49
Accessing the phone records of The Sun was “the very first thing” the Metropolitan Police did in its investigation into Plebgate, a lawyer for the paper has revealed.
By William Turvill 17 October 9:52
Thames Valley Police did not say Sally Murrer was a journalist when it applied to bug her conversations, her barrister has revealed.
By PA Mediapoint 16 October 15:21
Walliams, who is best known for the sketch show Little Britain but is also an author and a trustee of Comic Relief, accepted substantial undisclosed damages and his legal costs from News Group Newspapers (NGN), publishers of the now-defunct News of the World.
By PA Mediapoint 16 October 15:11
The group of editors and reporters bought confidential information about members of the Royal Family, celebrities, notorious inmates, "the famous, not so famous and the infamous", Kingston Crown Court heard.
By William Turvill 16 October 8:51
Proposed by Labour's John McDonnell yesterday, the Early Day Motion now has the backing of 11 other members from all major parties.
By William Turvill 15 October 16:25
Asked if the Crown Prosecution Service should be giving advice to police on the use of RIPA against journalists, Alison Saunders said: “I think RIPA sets out a very clear and very thorough framework, quite rightly so, for what are intrusive powers.”
By PA Mediapoint 15 October 13:58
Former NoW managing editor Kuttner £135,000 out of pocket after losing hacking trial costs bid
By PA Mediapoint 15 October 12:36
A CPS spokesman said Graham Johnson is accused of "intercepting communications without legal authority, namely mobile phone voicemail messages".
By Press Gazette 15 October 9:12
Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce a review today of whether to introduce a statutory time limit on how long people can be kept on police bail as well as action to curb police spying on journalists' phone records.
By PA Mediapoint 14 October 14:35
Scott Chapman shared a third of his earnings from The Sun, News Of The World, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday with his ex-partner Lynn Gaffney, prosecutors allege.
By William Turvill 14 October 9:04
A police force used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to bug a journalist's car - but has denied using it to obtain a news agency's phone records.
By Cleland Thom 14 October 0:15
The Home Office's announcement that it will introduce measures to stop the police using RIPA to access journalists' phone records appears to be a rare victory for press freedom.
By Central European News 13 October 16:34
Austrian Ernst Strasser, 58, also a former interior minister of Austria, was originally given a four-year term in 2013 after he was filmed by reporters from The Sunday Times newspaper offering to pursue amendments to a planned law on hedge funds for cash.
By William Turvill 13 October 11:06
The force, which admitted last month to secretly obtaining the phone records of The Sun newsdesk and political editor under RIPA, has refused to describe the system on which applications are held – despite a Freedom of Information request made by Press Gazette.
By PA Mediapoint 13 October 10:21
Six journalists and senior newspaper executives are going on trial accused of plotting with public officials in pursuit of exclusive stories at The Sun newspaper over nine years.

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