October 30, 2013 Last Updated 1:39 pm

Three former News of the World journalists plead guilty to phone hacking charges

Trial of News Int’l executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson gets underway in London

Former News of the World editors Neville Thurlbeck, Greg Miskiw and James Weatherup have pleaded guilt to charges related to the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s UK tabloid. The news comes as the trials begin for Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and others at the now closed daily.

“There is no justification of any kind for journalists for getting involved in phone hacking. That is an intrusion into people’s privacy which is against the law,” Queen’s Counsel Andrew Edis said tot he jury yesterday. “The prosecution says that journalists are no more entitled to break the law than anyone else.”

If this were a US trial one would immediately assume that the prosecution is lining up its witnesses, arranging plea deals before a trial designed to snag the big fish. We will see if this is, indeed, what the prosecution intends.

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