Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 24 June

Links: The Trial So Far | Full Trial Summary | Indexed Evidence | Breaking News

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Summary
The Verdicts
The Jury deliver verdicts on Count 1, 5, 6 and 7
Verdicts on Counts 2 and 3 still to be considered
The Jury ask questions on Counts 2 and 3
The Jury to return tomorrow

The Verdicts
The Jury deliver verdicts on Count 1, 5, 6 and 7
Court 12 reconvenes in #hackingtrial
BREAKING: Jury find Brooks NOT Guilty on all counts at Hacking Trial: Coulson guilty on Count One.
Kuttner, Hanna, Carter, C Brooks not guilty – other verdicts till pending
Verdicts on Counts 2 and 3 still to be considered
While there are still verdicts pending on non-unanimous basis, no commentary allowed from the court
REMINDER There is a strict liability contempt rule for pending verdicts: criticism of either defendants, or the prosecution, not recommended
To explain: on the remaining counts, 2 and 3, against Goodman and Coulson, the judge has given them majority verdict directions
Sky News is wrong – the jury have not been sent home.
Justice Saunders “urges restraint” from politicians: “to wait some time before course of justice is completed”
Justice Saunders thanks the press for their forbearance but urges politicians to show restraint on commenting before trial is over
The Jury ask questions on Counts 2 and 3
“Coulson and Others to Court 12” goes the Tannoy at the #hackingtrial
BREAKING: the #hackingtrial Jury have a question for the Judge on Counts 2 and 3 against Goodman and Coulson.
Saunders answers a question about agreement to purchase a Royal Directory – yes they have to be sure it was a palace cop
“As with any agreement you could have an intermediary” but Goodman would need to know buying from cop for money, and cop know him
Justice Saunders explains it would be useful him if the jury could deliberate today. They will have written version.
Jury back in #hackingtrial Saunders adds a couple of comments to his note “you have to be sure… as with everything.”
Justice Saunders says though he’s asked the jury to sit longer, it’s not an endurance test, and they must tell him if they need longer
Court 12 recalled again at the #hackingtrial
Jury are back in at the #hackingtrial – they have more questions about Counts 2 and 3 against Coulson and Goodman
Saunders say he’s willing to give answers, but he cannot give directions. He asks them to retire briefly
Saunders tells the jury to send him a note to let him know if there’s any realistic prospect of reaching a majority verdict tomorrow
The Jury to return tomorrow
BREAKING – the jury will be returning tomorrow to consider verdicts on Count 2 and 3: REMEMBER – strict liability contempt laws still apply
Jury will return at 11 am: they are warned about “huge amount of media comment… from very important people” says Saunders.
Saunders tells the jury to “put out of their mind” any comment on the media, or by politicians: “you must ignore it”
Saunders remind the jury that what is discussed “remains in the jury room… absolutely vital… don’t put anything on social media”
Got back to my desk tonight and discovered 3000 interactions on my twitter feed. And most of them were from Louise Mensch!

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

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Some of the Mysteries of Phone Hacking – Unlocked

Previous Posts
Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 10 Jun
Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 11 Jun
Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 24 Jun

Links: The Trial So Far | Full Trial Summary | Indexed Evidence | Breaking News

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