Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 19 Feb

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Summary
The Trial Resumes
Jury not in Court due to Legal Argument
Rebekah Brooks case opening is delayed to tomorrow
Prosecution Submit Evidence and Admissions
Several Admissions presented to the Jury
Evidence on David Blunkett and Sally Anderson Voicemails
Further Items of Evidence
Rebekah Brooks email Evidence on Plan B
Rebekah Brooks email to James Murdoch
Rebekah Brooks email on Tony Blair offer of advise
Tony Blair offers to be unofficial advisor

The Trial Resumes
Jury not in Court due to Legal Argument
Court 12 of the Old Bailey back in session after 2 week break in #hackingtrial but not with the jury – legal argument first
Jury back at the #hackingtrial after several hours of legal argument.
Saunders explains to the jury what has been going “a number of shattered faces because everyone been working hard while you’re away”
Saunders explains that “admissions” have taken a long time – and apologies for getting them in when there’s a limited amount to do.
Rebekah Brooks case opening is delayed to tomorrow
“For perfectly good reasons, Rebekah Brooks won’t be giving evidence today but tomorrow morning,” explains Justice Saunders to jury
“Winds, gales, bridges, everything permitting,” Justice Saunders tells the #hackingtrial jury there should be no more delays
Justice Saunders explains that Clive Goodman is not attending court for a medical problem.
“Bad news is we’ve got to put things into bundles,’ says Edis for the Crown tells jury: “the good thing is that’s all we’re doing today.”
Prosecution Submit Evidence and Admissions
Several Admissions presented to the Jury
Saunders adds to jury bundle a text message from 16/07/11 from private security over rats during personal protection of Rebekah Brooks
Another text message from ‘Blackhawk 1″ about “rats” (i.e. paparazzi) pursuing Brooks over weekend of her arrest 16/07/11
Another admission says Greg Miskiw continued to use Mulcaire while employed by Mercury News Agency
Another admission of Mark Hanna shows first police questioning was a “no comment” interview. On second he protested innocence.
Admissions agreed by both sides show the guilty plea of Mulcaire, Miskiw, Thurlbeck and Weatherup
Evidence on David Blunkett and Sally Anderson Voicemails
Before Edis inserts some agreed facts before jury, Timothy Langdale QC, for Coulson, invites jury to read some voice mail message to clarify
These concern voicemail messages from Sally Andersons phone in Nov 2005 left by David Blunkett
Those voicemail messages by Blunkett, already heard in court, were hacked by Glenn Mulcaire it is agreed.
Some of these Anderson voicemail messages can be dated 23/09/05 to the 26/09/05
In those messages to Anderson, Blunkett said the press were “vile and should rot in hell” after 24/09/05 Mail article about their friendship
Unknown to Mr Blunkett, Sally Anderson had passed on messages to press, and also tipped them off about meeting Annabelle’s.
Admissions say that “Sally Anderson orchestrated the press coverage” Mail were tipped of a visit by Anderson to Blunkett.
The Mail made payments to Sally Anderson’s boyfriend, who she later married. She was in open contact with Mail reporters from 25/09/05
Anderson then engaged the services of Max Clifford. On 16/10/05 in the People article alleged Blunkett had affair and she got pregnant
After a libel claim, Anderson apologised and withdrew her claim. Both The People and Sky News apologised for the false Blunkett claim
Saunders explains to the jury the relevance of this: “there was a risk you were being misled… newspapers do get info from other sources”
Further Items of Evidence
Jury are asked to insert a letter from the Press Complaints Commission from 2007, and a draft reply
27/03/07 letter from Sun executive about “controls” over phone hacking after Goodman case is put into evidence
Edis adds inventories of the contents of the bags found in the car park in Chelsea Harbour
Rebekah Brooks email Evidence on Plan B
Rebekah Brooks email to James Murdoch
Email 08/07/11 from Brooks to James Murdoch about ‘Plan B”: “a Les situation could play well…. report would slam Les and Colin”
The Plan B email from Brooks four days after closure of NOTW announced is read out to jury
The draft sent from Brooks to James Murdoch outlines the establishment of the MSC internal inquiry “we will not be on trial by the media”
Brooks email 08/07/11 talks about Will Lewis taking over a role, and he will go on Andy Marr show – and launching the Sun on Sunday soon
Rebekah Brooks email on Tony Blair offer of advise
Tony Blair offers to be unofficial advisor
BREAKING: email from Brooks to James Murdoch on 11/07/11 claims Tony Blair offered to help over phone hacking scandal day after NOTW closed
BREAKING: Brooks email alleges Blair told her to set up a “Hutton Style report”
BREAKING: Blair offered to be unofficial advisor to Brooks and Rupert Murdoch over phone hacking scandal according to email on 11/07/11
Brooks email also alleges Blair told her to take sleeping pills to keep a clear head.
Justice Saunders apologises again to the jury for such a short day. “Hopefully we’ll all be ready to go at 10 a.m.”
BREAKING: Previously on that Brooks email she’d written to J Murdoch about NOTW last sales. He’d replied “What are you doing on email?”
Back tomorrow at 10 a.m. when Rebekah Brooks‘ defence case will begin

Note: All the defendants deny all the charges. The trial continues.

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