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article imageDavid Cameron 'almost derailed' Coulson trial, jury discharged

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 25, 2014 in Politics
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, almost derailed the end of the phone-hacking trial in which Andy Coulson has been found guilty on several accounts.
As has now been reported by the Guardian, the public statement issued by Cameron on Tuesday afternoon came close to derailing the remainder of the eight-month-long hacking trial.
The judge, says the Guardian, "considered halting proceedings following criticism by Coulson's lawyer, Timothy Langdale, QC, of the Cameron's 'ill-advised and premature intervention' in the case."
Cameron issued his "full and frank" apology for employing Coulson as his communications director after the ex-NOTW editor was found guilty on several accounts but while the jury were still deliberating on two other accounts against him and co-defendent Clive Goodman.
However, in the end, reports the Guardian, the judge "decided that jurors were 'savvy enough' to ignore the wave of publicity that followed yesterday's verdicts.
Lisa O'Carroll, for the Guardian, relayed:
The remainder of the trial against Andy Coulson has ended after the jury failed to reach a majority verdict on two counts that he conspired to bribe public officials for the acquisition of royal phone books. Mr Justice Sunders formally discharged the jury at around 12.30 p.m. on the ninth day of their deliberations in relation to the two charges which were also faced by the News of the World's former royal editor Clive Goodman.
"Not guilty"
Other co-defendents Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charlie Brooks, secretary Cheryl Carter and the former NOTW managing editor, Stuart Kuttner, were all found not guilty of the charges against them.
Meanwhile, the Guardian says, Goodman and Coulson will learn on Monday whether "the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) want to pursue a retrial on the two charges that jurors failed to reach verdicts on."
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