Criminal law

By Dominic Ponsford 26 January 14:48
In January 2011 the Met Police launched what is now reckoned to have become the biggest UK criminal investigation ever, into journalists.
By PA Mediapoint 26 January 11:18
Former communications secretary Paddy Harverson said while The Sun's coverage was "generally" positive about the young princes' performance during their officer cadet training, it was "important to remember" some stories "should have been private".
By Dominic Ponsford 23 January 10:17
The Sun has questioned why four journalists accused of paying public officials for stories should face a retrial when hundreds of returning jihadi fighters are not being prosecuted.
By Dominic Ponsford 22 January 16:27
Three years after the initial arrests, after three months of hearings and 49 hours of jury deliberations there have been no convictions in the Sun six trial.
By PA Mediapoint 22 January 13:40
A judge in London was told that EastEnders star Jessie Wallace, singer and TV personality Peter Andre and actor and singer Darren Day have also settled actions against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).
By PA Mediapoint 22 January 13:26
Head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman had been accused - along with two colleagues - of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
By Dominic Ponsford 22 January 11:49
Sun insiders have questioned the independence of the decision-making process around the Met Police accessing the newspaper’s phone records. The force used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to access the phone records of The Sun newsdesk and political editor Tom Newton Dunn as part of the Operation Alice investigation into Plebgate leaks.
By PA Mediapoint 22 January 11:48
Head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman are on trial at Kingston Crown Court in south west London, accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 January 11:36
Coulson, 46, and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, 57, are jointly charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office in relation to payments to police officers for the books containing Palace contacts.
By William Turvill 21 January 12:34
Yesterday, a letter written by Press Gazette and the Society of Editors, and signed by all national newspaper editors, was sent to the Prime Minister condemning the draft code, which puts journalists’ sources at risk. Today, the Daily Mail accused police of using the “tactics of the Stasi” to find sources, citing the cases in which Sun and Mail on Sunday journalists had their phone records grabbed by forces.
By PA Mediapoint 21 January 11:17
Head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman are on trial at Kingston Crown Court in south west London accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 January 11:20
Today is the final day of a six-week consultation on a draft Home Office code on use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. It states that journalists’ telecoms records are not privileged and can be accessed by police without need for external approval. This week around 100 editors, including every UK national newspaper editor, signed a joint protest letter against the code organised by Press Gazette and the Society of Editors.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 January 8:55
Lawyers’ groups and social workers have joined forces with the National Union of Journalists to call for new curbs on police spying powers.
By Dominic Ponsford 19 January 12:01
A senior police office who have information to a journalist has been sacked some two years after he was initially arrested.
By PA Mediapoint 16 January 17:06
Four former and current newspaper staff have been acquitted of corrupting public officials, a jury at Kingston Crown Court has ruled.
By PA Mediapoint 12 January 9:10
John Hardy was considered by the tabloid's royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, to be his "most important Sandhurst contact" during the time the brothers were officer cadets at the military academy between May 2005 and December 2006, jurors were told.
By PA Mediapoint 07 January 11:58
John Kay (pictured, Reuters) and Duncan Larcombe are in the dock at the Old Bailey alongside executive editor Fergus Shanahan, deputy editor Geoffrey Webster, former Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst John Hardy and his wife Claire.
By Dominic Ponsford 07 January 10:01
The court which oversees state surveillance is to question the Met Police over its secret seizure of The Sun’s phone records.
By Press Gazette 07 January 9:54
Former managing editor Graham Dudman, head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt, picture editor John Edwards and former reporter John Troup are accused of being involved in paying backhanders to public officials for stories.
By PA Mediapoint 06 January 11:29
Jurors in the trial of current and former Sun newspaper staff allegedly involved in paying backhanders to public officials for stories have been told to consider the public interest in obtaining confidential information.

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