The court heard how Clive Goodman, the News of the World's Royal editor who was jailed for phone hacking and dismissed in 2007, had kept a file of emails which showed, according to the prosecution, that his actions were "officially sanction by people senior to him."
Prosecutor Mr Edis said bosses at the paper were worried about what Mr Goodman would say in the course of defending himself, and that Andy Coulson made contact with him to suggest to him that he may still have a job, even if he went to jail. Mr Edis said:
And yet he had brought great risk to the NotW and caused them serious damage because he had been committing crimes with Mr Mulcaire in getting stories for them.
You would think they would be very cross with him - unless, of course, they knew all about it. Mr Coulson on the telephone is actually reassuring Mr Goodman that he may still have a job even if he goes to prison.