Three ex-Murdoch journalists plead guilty to phone hacking

LONDON Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:14am EDT

LONDON Oct 30 (Reuters) - Three former senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid the News of the World have pleaded guilty to charges relating to phone-hacking, the trial of two of the media mogul's former editors heard on Wednesday.

Rebekah Brooks, Murdoch's former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media head Andy Coulson are on trial at London's Old Bailey court accused of conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones, charges they deny.

The court was told on Wednesday that ex-chief correspondent Neville Thurlbeck, former assistant news editor James Weatherup, and ex-news editor Greg Miskiw had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to intercept communications at earlier hearings.

Their guilty pleas, which had not previously been reportable, are the first public admissions by former News of the World journalists since police launched an inquiry in 2011 into allegations that staff on the Murdoch paper had hacked the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime.

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FRPSR wrote:
If wealth and privilege fails to provide a satisfactory account for the transparent trespasses of these good , decent , and righteous souls will we be led to believe something is rotten from Australia ?
Is prying into personal tragedies where there is a diminishing sense of privacy inexorably found in middle class lives already really extraordinary ?
Where the once assumed anonymity of private lives are opened publicly to their intense intimate details , and their obvious personal sufferings . So that the stunned parents inexplicably found their daughter on the front page , in what unfolded in a moment could reasonably be held impossible to overcome .
Our privileged movers and shakers provided more challenges to a crime victims grip on sanity than what one supposes is the same privilege of privacy afforded to convicted criminals .
That these beastly personal attacks were being promoted by the most pampered and isolated group of aristocratic sadists to have lately been exposed since McCarthy started swinging at the defensless , I just have this galling doubt that anything less than prison will fail to provide that satisfactory account .

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