Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rebekah Brooks Denies Knowledge Of Phone Hacking

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has told the jury in her phone hacking trial that she did not know that some of her staff thought young Milly Brooks was still alive, nor that phone hacking was illegal. She noted that she did not tell her staff that the practice was allowed or that it would have been "a particularly useful thing to do." She has denied knowing anything about private investigator Glenn Mulcaire's activities in connection with the hacking of Ms. Dowler's voicemail. She said that even though she had never heard of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which prohibits voicemail hacking, she would have considered the practice an invasion of privacy, and if her staff had told her what it was doing, she would have told her employees to stop. More here from the Wall Street Journal.

The judge presiding over Ms. Brooks' trial has already instructed the jury to find her not guilty on one charge of unlawfully authorizing payment to a public official with regard to a photo of Prince William. More here from the Guardian.

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