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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 07:59 PM
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(Rupert Murdoch's) News International could face prosecution (for phone hacking)
Source: Guardian UK

News International as a corporation could face a criminal prosecution following its admission that the phones of celebrities were hacked into by its staff.

Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa), a corporate body can be charged with the unlawful interception of voicemail messages if it is found to have "connived" or "consented" with the commission of the offence, or if it is proved that the hacking was attributable to "any neglect on the part of a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate" or "any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/08/news-internati...



Rupert's son was writing the checks....Rupert must have known about it!
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northoftheborder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 08:02 PM
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1. Hope they're sued into oblivion
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cstanleytech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 08:32 PM
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2. "must have known" Probably, the problem is
proving it which I am going to assume will be next to impossible though it is a bit of a dream come true if it could be proven and he went to jail and or lost control over News Corp due to it.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:04 PM
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3. well...consider this:
He's settled several cases for about a million bucks a piece.

He's currently being sued by 24 more people.

The police have not notified the other 4000+ hacked people yet and are just starting that process. A court order has been issued to make sure all the information is given out.

The police who were covering up the investigation have retired (one works for murdoch now as a writer) and the other is being mercilessly grilled by parliament. His claims that there was not widespread hacking according to the phone companies was refuted by the phone companies themselves this week. This officer is probably toast now.

Andy Coulson, the right hand man of the right wing prime minister has just been implicated on tape by a previous employee who was spilling his guts to hugh grant.

Murdoch is losing all his protectors. He just yanked his son out of the UK job he has and is sending him to New York. The son had written many of the payoff checks. He must have known why they were paying people off. The law firms hired by Murdoch's News of the World/Newscorp may also be found to have hidden information.

The head of Newscorp Rebekah Brooks admitted to paying off the police and now the investigation wants to know what and who those payoffs were for and about. Brooks also was implicated on hugh grant's tape for phone hacking. That is two criminal offenses right there and they have taped information discussing it...one by the woman herself.

Today the SUN was implicated which adds another of Murdoch's papers and a whole big group of more employees who were hacking phones.

The left wing is really attacking and newscorp keeps doing amazingly stupid things (The prime minister had dinner with Murdoch over Christmas with Brooks and others) and, of course, hiring Andy Coulson to be his Press person.

I truly think that Murdoch will be under great pressure from all of this. I believe he will lose many of his most valued employees. It may be found he interfered with govt. Some brave people might come out and admit they were blackmailed or pressured. If Newscorp runs autonomously from Murdoch's money, he may have no choice but to sell off some of his holdings to pay legal fees/buy out lawsuits. If he is found to have known about all the criminal activity, as the big CEO of it all...there is a chance it could even get to him. I didn't used to think so but having read up so much and followed this closely, I not only believe it could severely weaken Murdoch's news empire, but it well may bring down the right wing government of Britain. Seriously.

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cstanleytech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:16 PM
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4. Sadly none of that would probably be
considered proof beyond a reasonable doubt in a reasonable court of law that Murdoch himself knew and or consented to the illegal wiretapping, it sucks I know because I would love if he went down for it but the facts are the facts regardless of how much we might wish they were otherwise.
As for it weaking them enough to bring the right wing over in the UK, I wouldnt bet money on it, after all both political parties here in the US have had their share of major scandals and are still alive and kicking as I assume the UK political parties have had as well and will once again in the future.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 04:53 PM
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13. oh, there is proof
they have several tapes of conversations, they have all of the investigators notes that already put two people in jail and two more arrested with two more coming. Brooks is on tape admitting to paying off police. ANd the courts have ordered everything out into the open.
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 10:48 PM
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5. They will find him guilty and fine him $25.00 Then he will counter
sue and win $25,000,000.
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Swagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 12:53 AM
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6. and Rupert's son James suddenly moves to the USA
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cstanleytech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 01:34 AM
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7. Well unless the court in the uk
asks him to come back for interviews and or to give testimony an he refuses to cooperate his moving to the US isnt a big deal, if he refuses to assist them then it becomes an issue.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 04:51 PM
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12. yeah, that is quite telling
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 03:08 AM
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8. Probably a lesser fine than some 13yo who downloads a song
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 03:57 AM
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9. Arrest him. Failing that, PUBLICIZE the hell out of these crimes.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 05:50 AM
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10. K&R I hope all yoir predictions come true.
Edited on Sun Apr-10-11 05:52 AM by Turborama
Thanks for all the work you've recently been putting into keeping DU up to speed on all this.



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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 08:18 AM
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11. K and R..
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