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Rebekah Brooks Pleads Not Guilty to All Phone-Hacking, Corruption Charges (THR)
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges made as the result of investigations into phone hacking and corruption allegations. The pre-trial hearing focused on five charges against her in three areas — alleged phone hacking, conspiracy to make illegal payments to public officials in return for stories and attempts to pervert the course of justice at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. Brooks denied all the charges, which focus on her time at the U.K. publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., in particular her time as editor of the News of the World and editor of the Sun. HuffPost / AP Brooks answered “not guilty” in a firm voice at a court hearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court, where she appeared along with a dozen others, mostly former News International employees, facing similar charges over the scandal that rocked Britain’s establishment. BBC Other News of the World employees who also pleaded not guilty to charges related to phone hacking included former assistant news editor James Weatherup and former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. All the defendants were released on bail and are due to face trial later in the year. Read more
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Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, two top aides to Rupert Murdoch that are already in deep with the phone hacking scandal, are now being charged with bribery. Coulson — the former head of media for Britain’s Prime Minister — and Brooks — the ex editor of News of The World — are currently facing phone hacking charges, which could mean a two year jail sentence for each.
According to The New York Times, Coulson and Brooks are among five people being charged with bribery. The new charges come via a police inquiry titled “Operation Elveden.” During investigations, British authorities found that the five people involved had authorized payments for information, specifically involving the Royal Family.
“The allegations relate to the request and authorization of payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a palace phone directory known as the ‘Green Book’ containing contact details for the Royal Family and Members of the Household,” said Alison Levitt, a prosecutor handling the case.
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Rebekah Brooks, one of the key players in the phone hacking scandal, got one hell of a severance package when she departed News International. According to The Guardian, Brooks was paid more than 7 million pounds (about $11.2 million), which included “cash payments for loss of service, pension enhancement, money for legal costs, a car and an office.” Unemployment doesn’t sound so bad with that number in your pocket.
Of course Brooks is still awaiting trial — she was charged with illegally tapping phones, and could go to jail for two years — so those millions could go to waste.
News International has never formally commented on her Brooks’ payment, but some speculate that there are “clawbacks” built into her package, meaning she would have to pay back some of that cash if she is found guilty. That would certainly make being imprisoned even worse.
Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of News of The World and the flashpoint for the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, has been officially charged with conspiring to hack into phones.
It was just last week that Brooks, Andy Coulson (former media head for Britain’s Prime Minister) and five others were accused of “conspiracy unlawfully to intercept communications.”
The Huffington Post reports that all six are being charged with hacking phones over a six year period.
In the most significant charges in the long saga that is the News International phone hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six others are being accused of “conspiracy unlawfully to intercept communications.” The New York Times reports that, if convicted, they face two years in prison and/or a fine.
Brooks is the former head of British newspapers for Rupert Murdoch and ex-editor of News of The World. Coulson is the former head of media for Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron. Brooks released a statement declaring her innocence, while Coulson has not commented on the charges.
Others being charged include Stuart Kuttner, the managing editor of NOTW, Ian Edmondson and Greg Miskiw, two senior editors, reporters Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup and private detective Glenn Mulcaire.
Rebekah Brooks — the former editor of News of The World — and five others are the first to be criminally charged in the now year-old phone hacking scandal that has left many questioning the direction of News Corp. and its leadership. According to The Guardian, Brooks, along with her husband and others, have been charged with “perverting the court of justice.”
Investigators allege that all six removed evidence — including computers, documents and more — from those probing the phone hacking. The maximum sentence for the charge is life in prison, but the average sentence for those found guilty of “perverting the court” is 10 months.
While Brooks and her husband said the charges were “weak,” Alison Levitt, a legal adviser for the investigative team, said, “There is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction.” Stay tuned, because the trial probably won’t happen anytime soon.
Former News of The World Editor and CEO of News International Rebekah Brooks has been arrested once again. The New York Times reports that
her she and five other individuals were rounded-up early this morning on suspicion of “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.” In American terms that’s obstruction of justice.
Brooks was arrested — then bailed out — last summer in connection with the phone hacking scandal. She has maintained that she wasn’t aware of anything illegal going on at the paper or News International. Her husband, Charlie Brooks, was also arrested.
The identities of the others arrested was not disclosed.
If you haven’t heard, News Corp. has been deeply mired in a phone-hacking scandal that came to a head earlier this week when Guardian‘s Nick Davies and Amelia Hill reported that News Corp.’s News of the World journalists may have hacked into the voicemail of a 13-year-old girl who went missing in March 2002. Jack Shafer at Slate pens an entertaining column that provides a big picture look at the scandal for those who want to catch up, and makes Shafer’s feelings toward Rupert Murdoch, the beleaguered head of News Corp., very, very clear.
If you’re no Murdoch fan yourself, here are our favorite of Shafer’s gleeful takedowns of the media mogul for your reading pleasure:
1. If Rupert Murdoch could be slain by a mere scandal, he would have been embalmed and entombed long ago.
2. We expect the worst from Murdoch, and he lives up to our expectations.
4. Murdoch’s instinct, of course, will be to sacrifice [Rebekah Brooks], but I doubt that the mob that is gathering will be satisfied with one body. They’ll want strong, tough, old meat, too. Something that’s fit for grilling on the barbie.