The jurors in the trial of six Sun journalists have begun deliberating after retiring yesterday following a trial lasting nearly three months.
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.
They deny all 14 counts on the indictment at Kingston upon Thames Crown Court in south-west London.
Picture: Jamie Pyatt, Reuters
The jury of nine men and three women, who began hearing the case in mid-October, were told yesterday by Judge Richard Marks QC: "This is a serious and very important case for all the defendants concerned.
"You must give it, as I know you will, the utmost attention and deal with it fairly by a calm disposition and analytical evaluation of the evidence.
"You have as little or as much time as you need. There is no pressure on time whatsoever."
Prosecutors say the defendants' aim was to "steal a march" on competitors by paying contacts to obtain exclusive stories.
Picture: Chris Pharo, Reuters
The defence has argued that the case is "rotten to its core" and the men had been "fed to the wolves".
Pharo, 45, of Sandhurst in Berkshire, O'Driscoll, 38, of Windsor in Berkshire, and Dudman, of Brentwood in Essex, each deny three counts against them.
Picture: John Edwards, Reuters
Pyatt, 51, of Windsor, Berkshire, and Edwards, 50, of Brentwood, Essex, deny two counts each.
And Troup, 49, of Saffrdon Walden, Essex, denies the one charge against him.
Picture: Graham Dudman, Reuters
Stories which involved allegedly illegal payments included details about serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, pop star Mick Hucknall and murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, and involved information being sold to the Sun by prison staff, police and nurses.
The jury were sent home for the day yesterday afternoon and will continue deliberating today.
Below are the reports Press Gazette has published from the Sun six trial since mid-October.
Six Sun journalists on trial corrupted public officials 'on a grand scale', court hears
Broadmoor was a 'goldmine for stories' conspiracy trial of the Sun six told
Sun six trial: Journalist accused of paying for information about police downloading indecent images
Sun six trial told how Peter Sutcliffe and spree killer Daniel Gonzalez stories leaked from Broadmoor
Reporter's email said: 'Can I bung £250 to the policeman and £250 to the soldier?', Sun six trial told
Broadmoor site manager tells court staff knew Sutcliffe and Napper stories were being leaked to Sun
Sun reporter asked for 'full debriefings' from soldier on movements of Prince Harry in Afghanistan, court hears
Sun six trial told of allegation Sun reporter paid Thames Valley contact for name of cadet killed in glider crash
Former Broadmoor clinical director tells of 'damaging' impact of serial killer story leaks to Sun
Sun six trial: Broadmoor inmates watching porn and killer on suicide watch among leaked stories
Met Police officer tells court Sun's story on police ops after Mumbai massacre was a 'heads up' to terrorists
Sun six trial: Thames Valley officer accused of leaking details of police probe into violent killing of millionaire wife
Sun six trial told that News Corp gave evidence on journalists to police to stop corporate prosecution
News Corp feared corporate charge over payments could 'kill company' and risk 46,000 jobs
Sun's Jamie Pyatt: 'We are being investigated by our own company… even though we have been told what to do'
Sun six cleared of involvement in 'overarching' conspiracy – but all still face individual charges
Sun's Chris Pharo tells court he spent 'half my working life' in Rebekah Brooks' office getting payments approved
Nothing changed at The Sun after Rebekah admitted paying police in 2003, she approved all payments – court told
Chris Pharo tells court: 'It was way above my pay grade to get involved in where cash payments were going'
Chris Pharo tells Sun six trial: 'It's the nature of tabloid journalism to claim you have sources in public bodies'
Sun's Jamie Pyatt tells court falsifying expenses was 'the culture, it was what everybody in Fleet Street did'
Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt tells court of paying Eton College pupils for stories in Windsor pub
Sun six trial: 'Handed over by my own company for doing what I had done loyally for 27 years'
Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt: 'We all knew public officials were being paid, I accept that'
Former Sun deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll accuses colleague Pyatt of lying in evidence
Sun six trial: Ben O'Driscoll says he did not believe reporter's claims about having 'copper contact'
Former Sun deputy news editor: Inventing quotes to 'embellish' stories is 'standard journalistic practice'
Sun picture editor lived in fear of sack from 'not always rational but always demanding' editor Brooks, court hears
How much journalism training was there at The Sun? 'None', former managing editor Graham Dudman tells court
Dudman refuses to talk about alleged payments to policeman – 'code of responsibility to source is absolute'
Former Sun reporter John Troup was sacked from council PR job over arrest, court hears
'Blaming' News International 'is not a defence' hacking trial told
Sun journalists shopped to police by News Int in cover-up to save more senior figures, trial told
Sun six trial told 'closing down' of leaks from Broadmoor could lead to repeat of Savile abuse scandal at hospital
Sun six trial told that jury were misled over role of editors Mohan and Brooks in signing off cash payments
Dudman defence: 'Massive public interest' in arrest of two Soham murder inquiry detectives on child pornography allegations
'What an odd trial it's been': Sun six jury sent away until New Year after being told reporter didn't write story he's accused over