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Roll up! Rebecca Brooks and Andy Coulson in the tumbrils

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limitedperiodonly Mon 28-Oct-13 17:07:11

It's going to last six months.

At least Andy turned up with a poppy on. Nice touch. Bit early though.

georgedawes Mon 28-Oct-13 20:23:33

Can't believe it is going to last 6 months, I bet the CPS will be on tenterhooks the whole time that something doesn't happen to prejudice the trial- the interest in it is surely going to be huge.

Is the trial proper likely to start tomorrow? I read that they were still selecting the jury today but don't know how long that takes.

lalalonglegs Mon 28-Oct-13 21:21:28

I think there is likely to be quite a bit of flim-flam legal argument before the trial starts. The report I read said that there erre something like 24 barristers for the accused so every point is going to be picked over and pulled apart. It should be a sensational trial but it'll all be about wearing the court down, imo.

RedPencils Mon 28-Oct-13 21:27:22

So it hasn't started properly yet? Wondering why I hadn't seen any coverage yet.

AnyaKnowIt Mon 28-Oct-13 21:27:57

6 months? Bloody hell

TensionSquealsGhoulsHeels Mon 28-Oct-13 21:44:04

Marking my spot. Got my knitting too wink

zookeeper Mon 28-Oct-13 22:10:45

I do wish she'dbrush her hair

VivaLeBeaver Mon 28-Oct-13 22:13:11

Blimey. Imagine been on the jury, six months of your life wasted.

hackmum Tue 29-Oct-13 08:20:33

The jury have been instructed not to look up any details of the case online. How you'd resist that temptation, I don't know...

limitedperiodonly Tue 29-Oct-13 17:05:35

the judge said this was in very poor taste

MrsScaryMontalbano Tue 29-Oct-13 17:11:31

I love this thread title!! Pity the jurors - who on earth can afford 6 months off? Can they refuse such a long trial?

MrsScaryMontalbano Tue 29-Oct-13 17:12:24

Especially with all those barristers there will be lots of legal points argued with the jury out of the room

VivaLeBeaver Tue 29-Oct-13 17:13:16

Don't think you can refuse it. Honestly you'd get a shorter prison sentence than six months for various criminal activities. Prison would probably be more entertaining as well.

limitedperiodonly Tue 29-Oct-13 19:03:39

I don't know. The usual jury term is two weeks which is our civic duty.

But anything longer?

We'll be left with dole scum (I am joking btw), the retired or those on a private income. And mostly women, I've just heard. SAHMs? Not a representative jury, but the best they can do.

I don't understand why it's going to take so long.

It's going to ruin Crystal Tipps' Christmas though.

<Imagines Rebekah and Charlie alone at opposite ends of a long table in a darkening and echoing Cotswolds hall>

<M&S turkey crown getting colder>

<'More sprouts, love?'>

<Fuck the fuck off you remedial fucking fuck>

VivaLeBeaver Tue 29-Oct-13 19:07:49

I'd want to find them guilty just for fucking my life up forsix months.

limitedperiodonly Tue 29-Oct-13 19:14:15

Don't tell viva.

Much as I'd like that.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 29-Oct-13 19:28:19

I suppose if there's a lot of interesting witnesses like Hugh grant it could be ok.

Only problem is if I was on the jury I'd get done for contempt of court as I'd not be able to resist keeping MN up to date with all the goings on. I suppose you could write a book about it afterwards?

MrsScaryMontalbano Tue 29-Oct-13 19:51:32

ah ...... is she CrystalTips? <provincial>

limitedperiodonly Tue 29-Oct-13 19:58:09

Why would Hugh Grant be called? It's a criminal trial.

They're charged with serious offences of corruption that, if found guilty will probably attract a custodial sentence of around six years.

This is allied to but much bigger than Hacked Off.

Though I feel sympathy for people who had their phones hacked, it's not about that.

We're talking about police and political corruption on a major scale even though police officers and politicians aren't the first ones in court.

I really hope it's a start. We've had a lot of false dawns.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 29-Oct-13 20:24:11

Yes it's a criminal trial and one of the charges is phone hacking. So I'm guessing that possibly some people who had their phones hacked might be called as witnesses.

limitedperiodonly Tue 29-Oct-13 20:31:50

Yes, by all means.

I'm not dismissing evidence. I want it to be pertinent. Which I'm sure it will be.

<six months, eh?>


ParsingFright Tue 29-Oct-13 20:33:18

<makes self comfy>

<gets out knitting>

Obviously we don't know if they'll be found guilty of the specific charges against them, but I can't wait to see what comes out overall about the behaviour of press, politicians and police.

^ ^(carefully not prejudicing, and all that)

AnyaKnowIt Tue 29-Oct-13 21:12:48

I'm moving back to the UK next month, I'll be more then happy to sit on the jury.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 29-Oct-13 21:24:19

What was wrong with the private eye cover?

hackmum Wed 30-Oct-13 08:34:01

"the judge said this was in very poor taste"

Poor taste, but very funny.

Anya - the idea is that if the jury sees anything bad about the defendants, it might prejudice the outcome of the trial. Their minds have to be blank slates, and they all have to pretend that they have never heard of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson before.

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