Wed Jul 25th, 2012 at 01:18:25 AM EST
At 11 AM Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, got behind the podium at their offices to announce the results of the Operation Weeting investigation.
Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six others face charges - live | Media | guardian.co.uk
* Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and five other former News of the World journalists, plus the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, charged over phone hacking.
* Six ex-News of the World employees, including Brooks and Coulson, face charges of conspiracy to intercept Milly Dowler's voicemail messages.
* The eight charged are: Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Glenn Mulcaire, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup.
* All eight charged with a six-year conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages of more than 600 high-profile people.
* Neville Thurlbeck, the former News of the World chief reporter, and James Weatherup, the ex-assistant news editor, charged on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept the voicemails of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
* CPS announce three others will not face charges. Prosecutors defer decision on two other suspects.
Now each of these charges could theoretically be two years of hard time, plus there are other outstanding charges, this is only the first step (or maybe second after the perverting the course of justice cases).
Still outstanding are charges under Operation Elveden, covering corrupt payments to officials, Operation Tuleta, covering a variety of other data interception methods, Operation Kalmyk, an ofshoot of Tuleta covering a subset of computer hacking charges and Operation Rubicon, covering linked charges under Scottish law, and the perjury charges against News Of The World staff during the trials of Tommy Sherridan.
This can't be positive for Cameron, as Reuters says
Coulson, Brooks to be charged for hacking | Reuters
Prime Minister David Cameron's former spin doctor and a friend who was a top executive in Rupert Murdoch's media empire are to be charged with phone hacking, a dramatic twist that may expose the UK leader to more awkward questions about his judgment.
and so for the next year to 18 months, we will continue to get streams of stories reminding people about Cameron's judgment at each stage of the judicial process, until the trials are concluded. Scheduling for the various court cases cannot be easy, spread across multiple court cases, and dual juristictions, and spreading everything out even more. At best it will draw to a hhuddering conclusion just a year before the next general election. At worst, the final stages could be occurring as the next general election campaigns are starting to get into gear. Whatever the state it is hard to see Cameron being anything other than fatally wounded.
At the same time the Leveson Inquiry had its final closing statements, although there may be a suplementary session in a month or two, as a result of dispute between the Daily Mail Group and Lord Leveson over what evidence was going to come out about the earlier Operation Motorman that covered the industry-wide usage of a private investigator. The Daily Mail Group had particularly excessive usage of him, and so was particularly reticent of revealing what its staff were doing publicly.
Also today we have had a dump of further witness statements from the Inquiry, mostly people's suggestions about where future regulation should head, but there were also statements from Chris Bryant, which detail his interaction with the various News International groups and staff.