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Brooks cleared of all charges after eight-month trial

It's almost three years since managers at the News of the World were first arrested. While the jury is still deliberating over two counts facing Andy Coulson, for Rebekah Brooks the wait is over after she was acquitted of all charges.

Once the most powerful woman in the British media, her extraordinary career has been on hold during the 8 month trial.

Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:

More: Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges in phone hacking trial

MPs warned not to make phone-hacking comments

Former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson will stand trial at the Old Bailey next week.
Former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson will stand trial at the Old Bailey next week. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Politicians at Westminster have been warned not to comment in public on upcoming trials over newspaper phone hacking.

The coming week will see former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks stand trial at the Old Bailey.

The case has been at the centre of political debate for more than two years, but Solicitor General Oliver Heald has acted to counter the risk of commentary prejudicing the proceedings, which are expected to last for several months.

Parliamentary privilege means a politician can theoretically talk about a live case in the House of Commons without fear of prosecution.

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Ex-NOTW staff cannot take appeal to Supreme Court

Five defendants, including former News of the World (NOTW) editor Rebekah Brooks and former Government spin doctor Andy Coulson will not be able to take an appeal to the Supreme Court over the prosecution of alleged phone hacking charges, judges ruled today.

The five former NOTW staff lost a last-ditch bid to attempt to block their prosecution over the reported charges.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said the defendants would only pay legal costs if they are convicted.

Judges allow reporting of hacking defendants' names

Court judges have allowed the names of the five defendants involved in the hacking inquiry to be reported today after they lost a bid to block their prosecution over alleged phone hacking.

The former News of the World staff, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have denied the charges.

But three appeal court judges, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, ruled today:

Contrary to the submission on behalf of the appellants, the resulting situation is not lacking in legal certainty.

We can see no possible prejudice to the fairness of the forthcoming trial.

We must not be unrealistic - there can hardly be anyone in the country who does not know to whom this case applies.

Hacking charges denied by former NOTW staff

Former Government spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Credit: ITV News

Five defendants, including former News of the World (NOTW) editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have denied conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemails between October 3 2000 and August 9 2006.

They had tried to get the case dismissed at the Court of Appeal, arguing that accessing voicemails after they had been listened to by the recipient was not covered by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, under which they are charged.

But Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge dismissed their appeals today.

Ex-NOTW staff lose court appeal over hacking claims

The former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, alongside former senior reporter James Weatherup, former managing editor Stuart Kuttner, and former news editor Ian Edmondson, lost a last-ditch attempt to block their prosecution over alleged phone hacking today.

The five defendants tried to get their case dismissed at the Court of Appeal. But Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge dismissed their appeals today.

All five are due to stand trial in September.

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Brooks and Coulson lose hacking prosecution appeal

Five defendants including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-News of the World (NOTW) editor Andy Coulson today lost a last-ditch bid at the Court of Appeal to block their prosecution over alleged phone hacking.

Former Government spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Credit: PA

Rebekah Brooks in court on conspiracy charge

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey. Credit: PA Wire

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, 44, from Churchill, Oxfordshire, also appeared at the Old Bailey charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

The matter was adjourned until next month.

Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, from north-west London, entered a not guilty plea to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

The cases have been brought as part of Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged inappropriate payments and information leaks.

In a separate case, a former police officer pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.

And in another matter, a public official admitted misconduct in public office.

Coulson in court on conspiracy charges

Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London. Credit: PA Wire

Former government spin doctor Andy Coulson appeared in court to face charges over an alleged conspiracy to bribe public officials for information.

Coulson, 45, is accused with ex-News of the World (NOTW) royal correspondent Clive Goodman of requesting and authorising payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book".

Former NOTW editor Coulson, from Kent, and Goodman, 55, from Surrey, face two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office - one between August 31 2002 and January 31 2003, and the other between January 31 and June 3 2005.

Wearing a grey suit with a white shirt and black tie, Coulson appeared for a short hearing along with Goodman and the case was adjourned until next month.

Former Govt spin doctor Andy Coulson arrives at court

Former Number 10 director of communications Andy Coulson has arrived at the Old Bailey in London.

Coulson is due to appear alongside former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, former Sun reporter John Kay and former Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber.

Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London. Credit: ITV News/Michael Billington

All four were arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden, an investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials. They are due to appear for a plea and case management hearing.

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