Phone Hacking “Trial of the Century” begins tomorrow: eight defendants face a total of seven charges

Last Updated: October 27, 2013By

So Brooks and Coulson finally get their four months (or so) in court, starting tomorrow (October 28). Personally, I have been looking forward to this for many months and will be following the case avidly, once it gets going in earnest.
The main thing for people to remember now is that this is a court case and all involved are therefore INNOCENT – until proven guilty. We have all heard or read news coverage about the allegations – that can have no weight at all on these proceedings. All that matters is the evidence that is brought before the jury and it is therefore vital that its members must not be exposed in any way to anything that might prejudice their findings.
So even if you were thinking of tweeting a bad-taste joke about it, you’d best leave it until it’s all over. Otherwise you might find yourself stuck with an outcome that nobody wants!


  1. Joe Smith October 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    How can they sign on if they are in court? This can’t be fair. LOL. That’s “laughs out loud” Rebecca.. Will Cameron be attending? For support etc?

  2. Florence October 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Yes, Mike, I think the reminder is timely – we want the judicial process to work, and not to have a mis-trial declared because of some idiot spouting in the comments here or elsewhere.

    With the Chipping Norton set it’s very easy to get carried away, but to occupy the moral high ground, our own actions must be exemplary. It’s taken many years for the issues to get to here, let’s not gift them an escape route.

    As you point out, the cornerstone of our justice system is that we are all innocent until proven guilty and we are all equal under the law. There may be a few who find these statements uncomfortable, but the UK justice system has been the model for other countries around the world to aspire to, whatever faults we may perceive, and whatever impediments the government have placed in terms of access to justice through legal aid for many of our most vulnerable. We should see that at a rallying point to improve access, not as a reason to criticise in a way that could undermine any case in progress.

    Trolling, even for sport, is despicable at best. Let’s leave it out now.

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