Rebekah Brooks cleared and Andy Coulson guilty in phone hacking trial

Daily Echo: Rebekah Brooks Rebekah Brooks

Former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of plotting to hack phones while he was editor of the News of the World.

Coulson, who was forced to resign as Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications over the scandal, now faces the possibility of jail following the high-profile trial at the Old Bailey.

But the jury of eight women and three men cleared ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks of all charges.

Brooks was overcome by emotion on hearing the verdicts and was taken away by the court matron.

Retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner was also cleared of being part of a conspiracy dating back to 2000 and spanning six years.

Brooks's former personal assistant Cheryl Carter was cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Brooks's husband Charlie and NI director of security Mark Hanna were also cleared of perverting the course of justice.

But the jury, which has been considering verdicts since Wednesday, June 11, is still considering further charges against Coulson and former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.

The partial verdicts were delivered on the jury's eighth day of deliberations and the 138th day of the trial.

Ex-No 10 spin doctor Coulson, 46, of Charing, Kent; had denied all the charges as had Goodman, 56, of Addlestone, Surrey.

Brooks, 46, was cleared of hacking, misconduct in a public office for allegedly signing off payments to a Sun journalist's ''number one military contact'' between 2004 and 2012, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Carter, 50, of Chelmsford, Essex, was cleared of perverting the course of justice by removing seven boxes from the NI archive just days before she was arrested in 2011.

Racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, 52, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Hanna, 51, were cleared of perverting the course of justice around the time of police searches in July 2011.

Mrs Brooks, dressed in a white blouse, appeared to hold the hand of Ms Carter as she was cleared.

The pair looked at each other supportingly in the dock after the not guilty verdict against Ms Carter was given to the court.

On Mrs Brooks other side was her husband Charlie, who stood with his hands folded in front of him as he was cleared. His wife brushed him comfortingly as the verdict was given, while he stood staring straight ahead.

Coulson, dressed in a dark suit, showed no immediate reaction to the guilty verdict, standing with his hands behind his back and clenching his jaw while looking forward.

A few moments later he took a deep breath in and out.

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2:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

As MASSIVE error of judgement by a Prime Minister and George Osbourne who allegedly are making serious decisions about the furure and safety of this Country ......
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Virtually everything that they have made a decision on has been a TOTAL disaster ...... Add this one to the list .....
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Is anything safe in the Tory hands
As MASSIVE error of judgement by a Prime Minister and George Osbourne who allegedly are making serious decisions about the furure and safety of this Country ...... . Virtually everything that they have made a decision on has been a TOTAL disaster ...... Add this one to the list ..... . Is anything safe in the Tory hands Lone Ranger.
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2:40pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

who gives a fck
who gives a fck ToastyTea
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3:15pm Tue 24 Jun 14

IronLady2010 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
As MASSIVE error of judgement by a Prime Minister and George Osbourne who allegedly are making serious decisions about the furure and safety of this Country ......
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Virtually everything that they have made a decision on has been a TOTAL disaster ...... Add this one to the list .....
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Is anything safe in the Tory hands
You could say the same about any party. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: As MASSIVE error of judgement by a Prime Minister and George Osbourne who allegedly are making serious decisions about the furure and safety of this Country ...... . Virtually everything that they have made a decision on has been a TOTAL disaster ...... Add this one to the list ..... . Is anything safe in the Tory hands[/p][/quote]You could say the same about any party. ;-) IronLady2010
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Kirsty666 says...

Up the PM's arse is all I say......
Up the PM's arse is all I say...... Kirsty666
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

aldermoorboy says...

Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.
Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories. aldermoorboy
  • Score: -6

4:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
As MASSIVE error of judgement by a Prime Minister and George Osbourne who allegedly are making serious decisions about the furure and safety of this Country ......
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Virtually everything that they have made a decision on has been a TOTAL disaster ...... Add this one to the list .....
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Is anything safe in the Tory hands
I would suggest the UK Gold Reserves but they have already been given away by Gordon Brown for a rock bottom price.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: As MASSIVE error of judgement by a Prime Minister and George Osbourne who allegedly are making serious decisions about the furure and safety of this Country ...... . Virtually everything that they have made a decision on has been a TOTAL disaster ...... Add this one to the list ..... . Is anything safe in the Tory hands[/p][/quote]I would suggest the UK Gold Reserves but they have already been given away by Gordon Brown for a rock bottom price. Torchie1
  • Score: -3

5:21pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.
AS i have pointed out before ....
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The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN
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You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.[/p][/quote]AS i have pointed out before .... . The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN . You only have to look at the NHS to see that ...... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -4

6:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

The Watcher says...

This just confirms my long held concerns that David Cameron is not the right man to lead my Party , nor the country.
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A serious error of judgement (and one in a long line of bad calls).
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And this judgement and the hacking it in covers demonstrates that it was more than just one rogue reporter, this hacking went to heart of the NOTW and occurred on a wide scale.
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A sorry state of affairs for how this country is run and how the press operates at that level.
This just confirms my long held concerns that David Cameron is not the right man to lead my Party , nor the country. . A serious error of judgement (and one in a long line of bad calls). . And this judgement and the hacking it in covers demonstrates that it was more than just one rogue reporter, this hacking went to heart of the NOTW and occurred on a wide scale. . A sorry state of affairs for how this country is run and how the press operates at that level. The Watcher
  • Score: -1

9:26pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.
AS i have pointed out before ....
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The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN
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You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......
"Almost 500 registered nurses were made redundant from national health service trusts last year, according to official data".

"There were 489 redundancies across NHS health trusts in England in 2013, figures from the Department of Health revealed".
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As if evidence was needed ........ Case proven ...... Never mix the two words Tory and Care
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.[/p][/quote]AS i have pointed out before .... . The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN . You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......[/p][/quote]"Almost 500 registered nurses were made redundant from national health service trusts last year, according to official data". "There were 489 redundancies across NHS health trusts in England in 2013, figures from the Department of Health revealed". . . As if evidence was needed ........ Case proven ...... Never mix the two words Tory and Care Lone Ranger.
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11:16am Wed 25 Jun 14

aldermoorboy says...

Labour in charge of Welsh NHS, ENOUGH SAID.
Labour in charge of Welsh NHS, ENOUGH SAID. aldermoorboy
  • Score: -1

1:33pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Shoong says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.
AS i have pointed out before ....
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The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN
.
You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......
"Almost 500 registered nurses were made redundant from national health service trusts last year, according to official data".

"There were 489 redundancies across NHS health trusts in England in 2013, figures from the Department of Health revealed".
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As if evidence was needed ........ Case proven ...... Never mix the two words Tory and Care
What does this have to do with the trial or Rebecca Brooks?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.[/p][/quote]AS i have pointed out before .... . The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN . You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......[/p][/quote]"Almost 500 registered nurses were made redundant from national health service trusts last year, according to official data". "There were 489 redundancies across NHS health trusts in England in 2013, figures from the Department of Health revealed". . . As if evidence was needed ........ Case proven ...... Never mix the two words Tory and Care[/p][/quote]What does this have to do with the trial or Rebecca Brooks? Shoong
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8:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Shoong wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.
AS i have pointed out before ....
.
The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN
.
You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......
"Almost 500 registered nurses were made redundant from national health service trusts last year, according to official data".

"There were 489 redundancies across NHS health trusts in England in 2013, figures from the Department of Health revealed".
.
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As if evidence was needed ........ Case proven ...... Never mix the two words Tory and Care
What does this have to do with the trial or Rebecca Brooks?
By following these threads you cant see what the connection is ????? are you crazy or something ....
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Read it again and dont gloss over bits ........
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Gee whiz i cant believe that you cant see it
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Labour nearly ruined the UK , Tories gave a guy a second chance, I prefer to trust the caring Tories.[/p][/quote]AS i have pointed out before .... . The words ..... TORY and CARING should never be mentioned in the same sentence ..... unles caring is prefixed with UN . You only have to look at the NHS to see that ......[/p][/quote]"Almost 500 registered nurses were made redundant from national health service trusts last year, according to official data". "There were 489 redundancies across NHS health trusts in England in 2013, figures from the Department of Health revealed". . . As if evidence was needed ........ Case proven ...... Never mix the two words Tory and Care[/p][/quote]What does this have to do with the trial or Rebecca Brooks?[/p][/quote]By following these threads you cant see what the connection is ????? are you crazy or something .... . Read it again and dont gloss over bits ........ . Gee whiz i cant believe that you cant see it Lone Ranger.
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