The first criminal trial stemming from News Corp.’s bribery scandal began today with a senior London police detective accused of trying to sell the News of the World details about a phone-hacking probe into the tabloid.
John Prescott , the U.K.’s former deputy prime minister, said he plans to sue London’s police force for failing to tell him reporters at Rupert Murdoch ’s News of the World newspaper may have hacked into his mobile phone.
Former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott called for a judicial review of the extent of phone tapping carried out by staff at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper after the New York Times reported that everyone at the paper, “even the office cat,” knew about it.
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott won a legal bid to have a London court examine whether the initial police investigation into phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper was adequate.
Actor Hugh Grant and former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott attended a dinner to honor Nick Davies, the Guardian newspaper reporter who in July 2009 broke the first story that phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper might extend beyond a “rogue” reporter.
Rajat Gupta, the former Procter & Gamble Co. director indicted last year for insider trading, illegally tipped now-convicted hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam about P&G’s 2008 sale of Folgers Coffee Co. to J.M. Smucker Co., federal prosecutors said.
News Corp.’s British newspaper unit is close to settling at least 10 lawsuits by politicians, athletes and other prominent victims of phone hacking before the first civil trial over the scandal starts next month.