The redhead striding out of court in that weird Puritan costume of hers … who is she meant to be? Joan of Arc? Pocahontas? God knows. She said nothing, stepped into a waiting car. In court she’d sobbed when the verdict was read out. Rebekah Brooks, not guilty on all counts, conspiracy in phone hacking, perverting the course of justice … Her PA and security honcho were also off the hook. Less lucky was Andy Coulson, her former underling, lover, lover underling, tabloid editor and adviser to David Cameron, guilty of conspiracy in phone hacking. He reportedly sighed when the verdict was read out.
Yes, the verdicts of the hacking trial have come out, with most of the accused — Brooks’ shire’s-idiot husband, Charlie Brooks, as well– slipping the noose. The verdict was unanimous by the 11-person jury, although a majority verdict would have swung it as well. To say it was a surprise would be an understatement — for nearly eight months the trial had unfolded a process of systemic illegal phone hacking over years at the “red top” Murdoch tabloids, The Sun and the News of the World, had shown how it was embedded deep in the daily process of the papers, both of which Brooks had edited during the period. Added to it was a comical, farcical process when the Brookses, and staff, given courteous warning of a raid by the plod they’d been paying off for years, appeared to ditch a whole lot of office files, as well as Charlie’s mobile porn stash and unfinished novel.