(Image source: The Sun)

 

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


The News of the World scandal escalates to another level. The Crown Prosecution Service says it will prosecute Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charlie and four others, for allegedly perverting the course of justice.


Here’s The Telegraph with part of the Crown’s statement.

“Rebekah Brooks and Cheryl Carter somewhere between the sixth of July and the ninth of July, 2011, conspired together, permanently to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International.”

Immediately, Brooks and her husband struck back, saying they’ll fight the charges. The Sun has their comments...

“We deplore this weak and unjust decision. After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS we will respond later today after our return from the police station.”

Brooks appears to be up for a fight. And former News of the World editor Phil Hall tells The Telegraph, she’s always volunteered for tough assignments.

“Maybe the bad news that we were going to expose some wrongdoing, or maybe some difficulties that you were having, she would be the person that would have that conversation.”
“She was very good at getting involved in what was most difficult.”


The Daily Beast notes, these are serious charges, and explains possible sentencing should Brooks and her alleged accomplices be found guilty.

“Perverting the course of justice ... is seen as potentially more severe than phone hacking or payments to public officials, the two primary allegations rocking the British wing of Murdoch's news empire. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment...”

But CNN notes, most who are found guilty and sentenced don’t serve terms of that length.

“I think the maximum that anyone has served in recent years has been about 10 years for perverting the course of justice. It carries about a one to two year sentence per charge.”

Crown Charges Rebekah Brooks in Phone-Hacking Case

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May 15, 2012

Crown Charges Rebekah Brooks in Phone-Hacking Case

(Image source: The Sun)

 

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


The News of the World scandal escalates to another level. The Crown Prosecution Service says it will prosecute Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charlie and four others, for allegedly perverting the course of justice.


Here’s The Telegraph with part of the Crown’s statement.

“Rebekah Brooks and Cheryl Carter somewhere between the sixth of July and the ninth of July, 2011, conspired together, permanently to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International.”

Immediately, Brooks and her husband struck back, saying they’ll fight the charges. The Sun has their comments...

“We deplore this weak and unjust decision. After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS we will respond later today after our return from the police station.”

Brooks appears to be up for a fight. And former News of the World editor Phil Hall tells The Telegraph, she’s always volunteered for tough assignments.

“Maybe the bad news that we were going to expose some wrongdoing, or maybe some difficulties that you were having, she would be the person that would have that conversation.”
“She was very good at getting involved in what was most difficult.”


The Daily Beast notes, these are serious charges, and explains possible sentencing should Brooks and her alleged accomplices be found guilty.

“Perverting the course of justice ... is seen as potentially more severe than phone hacking or payments to public officials, the two primary allegations rocking the British wing of Murdoch's news empire. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment...”

But CNN notes, most who are found guilty and sentenced don’t serve terms of that length.

“I think the maximum that anyone has served in recent years has been about 10 years for perverting the course of justice. It carries about a one to two year sentence per charge.”

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