Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial

Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial

By Peter Jukes

In 2013, executives from Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper empire went on trial in London accused of phone hacking, corrupting public officials and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. This is a gripping factual account of their case.


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Book Information

Publisher: Canbury Press Ltd
Publish Date: 02/20/2015
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9780993040719
ISBN-10: 0993040713
Language: English

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'A must read for anyone who wants to understand not only our media, but power in Britain' - OWEN JONES, author The Establishment

'Top court reporting' - NICK DAVIES, THE GUARDIAN

Go behind the doors of Court 12 of the Old Bailey for what was billed as 'the trial of the century' - the phone hacking trial of journalists from Rupert Murdoch's two biggest British tabloid newspapers.

Every twist and turn of the longest-running criminal trial in English legal history is covered by Peter Jukes in this edition, crowdfunded by members of the public.

Heard in London in 2013 and 2014, the phone hacking trial had a heady brew of criminal eavesdropping, media rights, political intrigue, and Hollywood stardust. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were accused of phone hacking and corrupting public officials while editing the Sun and the News of the World newspapers respectively. Brooks and her husband Charlie and her former PA, Cheryl Carter, were also accused of perverting the course of justice in an attempt to thwart detectives investigating the hacking.

The trial took place after years of cover up of phone hacking at Britain's biggest newspaper group News International (now News UK), the country's biggest police force, the Metropolitan Police, and the Conservative government led by David Cameron, who employed Coulson as his director of communications. After they were sworn in, the judge, Justice Saunders, told the jury: "British justice is on trial".

The long-running trial laid bare the intense illegal surveillance of individuals carried out by the politically-connected News of the World. Employing an array of private detectives, pried deeply into the private lives of anyone who mattered to them at the time: a Hollywood actress, a missing schoolgirl, a Cabinet minister. Sometimes the surveillance was based on well-founded intelligence that revealed a legitimate story, sometimes it was on a whim or the result of a malicious tip-off.

The trial pitted London's most extravagantly paid barristers against each other. Rupert Murdoch's millions hired top Queens Counsel to represent the seven defendants. The £5,000-a-day barrister, Jonathan Laidlaw, for instance, represented Rebekah Brooks. The multi-million pound case tottered on the brink of collapse several times as a result media misbehaviour, illness and delay.

Drawing on verbatim court exchanges and exhibits, Jukes reveals the daily reality and grand strategies of this major criminal case. He reveals a secret about Rebekah Brooks' 14 days in the witness box. He explains why a defence lawyer gave him a wry smile during a cigarette break. And he discloses the failings of the Crown Prosecution Service which contribute to the verdicts.

Like Dial M for Murdoch by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman and Hack Attack by Nick Davies, this book will fascinate anyone wanting to know about the phone hacking scandal. It is also ideal for anyone who wants to know the twists and turns of a major criminal trial.


'Remarkable. I feel I now know all the key players and why some defendants were found guilty and some not, despite never having spent a minute at the trial.'


'Written in a chatty, gossipy style that brings the courtroom drama alive.'



PREFACE: The Untold Story

'There has never been any trial like this, ' a defence barrister told me during a smoking break outside the main doors of the Old Bailey - a place where a surprising number of journalists, lawyers and detectives congregated. He added: 'There will never be another trial like this.'

Weeks bef

About the Author

Peter Jukes Is A British Journalist And Screenwriter. His Television Credits Include Devising And Writing In Deep (Subsequently Developed With Paul Haggis For The Usa Network), The First Two Episodes Of The The First Series Of The Emmy Award Winning Waking The Dead, Bafta Award Winning Sea Of Souls, And The First Episodes Of Inspector Lynley With Original Storylines.

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