Sunday Mirror editor pleads guilty to phone hacking
The former investigations editor of the Sunday Mirror today pleaded guilty to phone hacking charges, admitting that in the fall of 2001 he hacked a phone to learn whether a soap opera star was having an affair.
The journalist, Graham Johnson, came forward on his own to admit to the hacking after journalists from the Trinity Mirror newspaper were arrested last March. His actions allowed his case to be heard in the magistrates’ court where Johnson be allowed to avoid jail time and receive a fine instead.
Johnson has previously worked at the shuttered Murdoch tabloid News of the World and wrote a book about his tenure there called Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle.
“Great credit comes your way for pleading guilty today and even more so for literally turning yourself in and voluntarily throwing yourself at the mercy of the system,” the judge told Johnson. “However, it was a grave intrusion into other people’s business. Indeed, the history of recent years has shown how serious this kind of intrusion can be.”