Maria Miller had to go. How will her replacement handle the big decisions? – Tom Chivers

12 04 2014

Sajid JavidMaria Miller did herself no favours in handling the row over her expenses with such contempt for an already soured public. I do not wish to add to the Himalayan mountain of comment about her ministerial conduct, however I believe it is worth following her widely demanded resignation through to its logical conclusion. There is, after all, a government department with a £1.1bn budget which has lost its chief. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: News of the World exec was “gentleman,” says Sara Payne – Martin Hickman

11 04 2014

Sara-PayneDay 89, Part 2:  The mother of murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne today paid tribute to two defendants at the phone hacking trial. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Former PCC boss pays tribute to alleged phone hacker – Martin Hickman

11 04 2014

lord-blackDay 89, Part 1: A newspaper executive on trial at the Old Bailey was an influential behind-the-scenes advisor to the Press Complaints Commission, a former PCC boss told the court today. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Uppal v Endemol UK Ltd, Summary judgment for defendant on meaning – Alexia Bedat

11 04 2014

Deana UppalThe recent decision in the case of Uppal v Endemol UK Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 1063 (QB) is a useful reminder of the threshold of seriousness that must be met before words are found to be capable of bearing a defamatory meaning. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Kuttner: I didn’t need to check payments totalling thousands of pounds – Martin Hickman

11 04 2014

Stuart KuttnerDay 88, Part 2: One of Rupert Murdoch’s senior executives did not check payments by the News of the World’s reporters because he trusted them, he told the phone hacking trial today. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Reporter: Coulson knew about MI6 buggings – Martin Hickman

10 04 2014

Clive GoodmanDay 88, Part 1:  Andy Coulson, the News of the World’s then editor, was alleged by a senior journalist to have been part of a criminal plot to receive information covertly obtained from MI6 wire tappings, the phone hacking trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: JC v Central Criminal Court, Anonymity protection for under age defendants expires when they are 18 – Rosalind English

10 04 2014

male-female-silhouetteThe case of J & T v Central Criminal Court ([2014] EWHC 1041 (QB)) raised the question whether an order made under s. 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 prohibiting the identification of (among others) a defendant under the age of 18 years, can last indefinitely or whether it automatically expires when that person attains the age of 18 years. Sir Brian Leveson P, giving the judgment of the Court, said that this point: Read the rest of this entry »


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