Route to Verdict UPDATED: Justice Saunders New Directions to the Hacking Trial Jury

Now that former NOTW Royal Reporter Clive Goodman has returned after an illness that caused his departure from Court 12 to two months, Justice Saunders has updated his Directions to the Jury with the two counts involving Goodman – Counts 2 and 3. The rest of his route to verdict can be found here

The first count – that Goodman conspired with Andy Coulson to purchase a Royal phone directory from a Royal Protection officer has been slightly amended to only include the more sensitive Green Book – so that the jury can make a clean cut decision over the egregiousness of that misconduct compared to Count 3, which is the purchase of a less sensitive internal palace directory.

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Goodman/ Coulson emails: purchasing a Royal Phone Directory and “Turning” Royal Aide’s Phone

The Crown Prosecution Service have released some emails from January 2003  between News of the World’s Royal Editor, Clive Goodman, to its new editor (promoted from deputy) Andy Coulson,

The first is about purchasing a “Green Book” of the private Royal Household numbers from a police officer for £1000. Both Coulson and Goodman are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. They both deny the charges and the trial continues.

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