Breaking News: Rebekah Brooks acquitted

The ABC is reporting:

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has been cleared of all charges against her as have four other defendants, including Brooks’s husband Charlie.

But …

Former Downing Street adviser Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking …

Media Watch must be mighty embarrassed having told us just last night that News Corp was ethically challenged as a result of the charges against Brooks and associates.

Update: Andrew Bolt sums up quite nicely.

May the Murdoch haters choke on their vomit at this result.

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24 Responses to Breaking News: Rebekah Brooks acquitted

  1. Mike of Marion

    See if Rupert re-employs her or was she on a payroll somewhere?

  2. Rabz

    Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has been cleared of all charges against her as have four other defendants, including Brooks’s husband Charlie.

    Lady Lardarse and the Nuclear Milkman could not be reached for comment …

  3. pete m

    almost as pleasing as 5/57 Eng v Sri Lanka.

  4. JC

    @TheRealPBarry Brooks acquitted. Hey Paul, you’re getting to be quite the wrongologist even for the ABC.

  5. egg_

    @TheRealPBarryBrain

    FTFY.

  6. .

    So the newspapers were cleared. The government was found and caught out, after trying to gag free speech.

    Never give the rotten bastards an inch. Your liberty is an inconvenience to their self aggrandising policies.

  7. candy

    A stressful time over for her – now if she could just change that hairstyle…

  8. Sinclair Davidson

    Candy – No. That hair is awesome.

  9. His Omniscience

    This shouldn’t need pointing out, but all the ruling means is that the charges could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt; it does not show that they were untrue, or the News Corp is ethically challenged.

  10. feelthebern

    How come no one at the guardian – who admitted to hacking – were charged ?

  11. Sinclair Davidson

    it does not show that they were untrue, or the News Corp is ethically challenged.

    :lol:

    Wipes tears from eyes. Yes. You’re quite right. Winners are grinners.

  12. candy

    Candy – No. That hair is awesome

    I think the style is nice, Prof. D, but her face is too ‘strong’ for it. It suits a more delicate face – Nicole Kidman had that look in her early movies and it looked great.

  13. H B Bear

    Barry really should be sedated and on some form of medication. I’m worried the taxpayer will be picking up the tab some time down the track for him.

  14. She must be the dumbest chief executive of the newspaper out.

    All inside stories in her newspaper came from honest tips; whistleblowers stepping forward without expectation of reward.

  15. there is an abuse of process here when a Criminaltrial lasts 7+ months and what are not top of the range offences. Not talking about a murder trial or a serious fraud trial.

    as for the poor bloody jury, locked up for seven months, quite frankly how do they remember everything.

  16. C.L.

    YES!

    … if she could just change that hairstyle…

    I love messy, long-haired reds.

  17. mareeS

    I ‘d kill (metaphorically speaking) for hair like that, candy. My sister got the entire family ration of rampant red tresses, wilder even than Brooks. The downside is, real redheads go grey at an earlier stage, unlike TLS.

  18. Baldrick

    Acquitted isn’t good enough for ‘their ABC’ …

    But Brooks’s excellent connections could not prevent her arrest … Now she faces an uncertain future after months in the dock.

  19. Acquitted isn’t good enough for ‘their ABC’ …

    Gee they make it easy for me to remember to defund them.

  20. Chris

    Former Downing Street adviser Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking …

    That’s kind of a wierd way of describing him in this context since the charges he was found guilty of occurred when he was the editor of News of the World, a Murdoch paper.

    So the newspapers were cleared. The government was found and caught out, after trying to gag free speech.

    Where were the newspapers cleared? They’ve admitted that they phone-hacked and even publicly aplogised to the victims. These trials were about whether upper management knew about what as going on. At least one has now established to have known. How much further up above Coulson does it go though?

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/rupert-murdoch-to-be-interviewed-by-scotland-yard-after-phonehacking-trial-20140625-zskp9.html

  21. .

    So the only one who was found guilty also worked for the PM’s office. Everyone else was cleared.

    The government, not the press, ought to be gagged.

  22. Chris

    So the only one who was found guilty also worked for the PM’s office. Everyone else was cleared.

    He worked for PM’s office after working as editor of News of the World. The charges he has been convicted of occurred when he was an employee of Murdochs company, not when he was working for the PM’s office and before the phone hacking offences were public knowledge. So I don’t see how his links to being employed by the PM’s office are more significant that his links as an editor of one of Murdoch’s papers.

    And not everyone else has been cleared. There have been other Murdoch company employees already convicted over phone hacking charges – some of them testified at the recent trials. These have just been the most high profile – so far.

  23. .

    So Brooks and Murdoch innocent, a high profile political fixer was guilty.

    You just keep on disagreeing – gag the government, not the press.

    You don’t like this idea.

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