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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