May 21st, 2013

Attorney General Warns Press Over Rebekah & Andy




Rebekah Brooks and Andrew Coulson, along with others, currently await trial in relation to allegations of misconduct and corruption at the News of the World and various other publications.

Editors and publishers are reminded of their responsibilities under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (the Act).

In particular, the Attorney General wishes to draw attention to the risk of publishing material which could be seen to impede or prejudice the administration of justice in these proceedings – such as by publishing details of material which has not yet been called in evidence, and which may be subject to an application to exclude.

Editors and publishers should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations they are subject to under the Act.


For media enquiries please contact: The Attorney General’s Press Office


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    he's got a badger for a head says:

    Probably aimed at Olivia Newton Dunn and all the other murdoch cronies publishing evidence to scupper the trial

  3. 3
    Curious says:

    “publishing details of material which has not yet been called in evidence”

    There are an awful lot of things in the world that have not been called in evidence. Does the Attorney General intend to shut down the planet for the duration of his show-trial?

  4. 4
    Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve, QC, MP says:

    The universe old boy, the universe

  5. 5
    Lucy In The Sky Tv says:

    A virtually unreported hearing of the Commons defence committee has revealed an extraordinary complacent state of affairs of the Ministry of Defence towards complaints from forces parents of sexual abuse and bullying at private schools.

    MPs from all three parties have condemned the attitude of officials responsible for paying out school fees for forces children who evidently admit to refusing to move their children from a school if they are bullied or sexually abused.

  6. 6
    Ed Miliband says:

    Strictly Not For Publication. Oh.

  7. 7
    Alexsandr says:

    Ignore the headlines. go into the actual document and look at the figures for England. Looks like UKIP are doing better than thought but just in England.

  8. 8
    David says:

    Be especially careful not to link Cameron to his good friends Brooks and Coulson. He’s got quite enough on his plate for now!

  9. 9
    Ah! Monika says:

    The Act?

    Seen one!

  10. 10
    Riggsy Brown says:

    You don’t need to be terribly smart to work out what that’s all about.

  11. 11
    Chris Bryant MP says:

    Yess yess…. but what has this got to do with gay people????

  12. 12
    The Church of Cameron says:

    What’s going to happen to Gideon when Dave goes ?

    Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the Osbornes !!!!!!!


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    tlillis4 says:

    {shakes head} Only in Britain could a public body issue a press release marked “not for publication” and expect it NOT to be published. Guess they’ll be passing the hat for petrol to send the Type 45 to California.

  14. 14
    Whatever Else You Do says:

    Don’t mention the Scotland Yard Report from 2006

  15. 15
    David says:

    …and who appoints the Attorney General?

  16. 16
    Lord Stansted says:


    I love it.

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    Just asking says:

    Are there franchises available for whelk stalls?

  19. 19
    Ozzy says:

    Thanks, but we’re back together.

  20. 20
    Lord Stansted says:

    “just in England”. I thought the sample is all adults aged 18+ England, Scotland and Wales – or am I missing something?

  21. 21
    Leveson says:

    Order-Order is not a publication.

  22. 22
    Dewey, Cheatem & Howe says:

    p.s Dear lying lefties – this means you. No matter how much you want to believe your smears across 37 stories in the Guardian alone.

  23. 23
    Lord Stansted says:

    no gays here – we’re all sad.

  24. 24
    Call me Dave says:

    Yes we are sending one when one is ready. So around 2028 be very afraid Guido.

  25. 25
    Oy Vey Mk 2 says:

    I can’t hold the price much longer.

    Any more sellers please?

    GOLD 1,362.40 -21.70 -1.57%

  26. 26
    Gordon Brown says:

    Buy Buy Buy

  27. 27
    Ah! Monika says:

    Comment of the Day
    Ah! Monika says:
    May 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm (Edit)

    Comment of the Day on consecutive days.

    Is this a record.

    Yes I know I’m boasting…

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    Spent a good ten minutes producing a poem on the previous thread and computer said no, FASCIST TWATS. Anyway, what are we talking about here/ Oh, I see, some ginger minge and a cnut. Both guilty ma’ Lawd. It is obvious, as plain as day, don’t take any bullshite from them, ma’ Lawd.

  29. 29
    Dan Hodges says:

    uejdnowkfk iDiskswjqiuw jsjjejenwhhwjw jsjjejenwhhwjw!!! << guess you're right, Owen Jones.

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    The BBC says:

    Please note that, of course, this note from the Attorney General does not apply to us.

    When it comes to these two, our Charter allows us to continue to place in the public domain, any smear, innuendo and piss-take that we wish.

    It’s the way we’re funded that makes us unique.

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    The Guido Blog Bubble says:

    Oh I say well done.

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    Song for Rebecca, you silly naughty girl,

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    Rebekah even, or however she spells her name.

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    Sarah knows best.. says:

    stitch it gordon

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    Knackwurst says:

    What do you call Owen Jones with a banana in each ear? Anything you like. He can’t hear you.

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    Mad MacTaffy Diddy Leeky .. says:

    boring…no sheep

  37. 37
    Ed Ballsup says:

    Don’t forget to tell everyone before you buy that you’re about to buy. Just to make sure you pay top price.

  38. 38
    Crisp says:

    Is that straight from the horse’s mouth ?

  39. 39
    Londoner says:

    There are. However, I bet Tubby Isaacs would not employ a man whose sums don’t add up

  40. 40
    Owen Jones says:

    When the peasants overbreed and rise up again in the near future, The House Of Commons will be turned into a slum.

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    A confused Labour voter says:

    So that’s $1,362.40 per ounce? And Gordon sold half the nation’s gold reserves for $249 per ounce..

    So it’s currently worth five and a half times more it did when Gordon sold it?

    Did he sell at the right time?

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    Londoner says:

    Is such a notice like a load of lobby journalists not telling the public who it is who says they think the Tory party is full of swivel-eyed loons?

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    CBBC has Shaun the Sheep each day, more or less, to tickle your fancy. But to get you by for the moment, Catrin bach iach, gyda oen bwys y clawdd,

  44. 44
    The public says:

    Are you an independent judge?

  45. 45
    The Pope(s) says:

    What has he got against Catholic papers?

  46. 46
    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    More Catrin, live on welsh telly – ‘king fucking marvellous MacTaffy Diddy Leeky it is, tidy performance,

    Any good MacTaffy?

  47. 47
    Cameron, yesterday's man says:

    He sold it cheaply and deliberately announced it in advance to depress the price of gold to save the investment bankers that had sold gold that they didn’t have and couldn’t afford to buy it at market price.

  48. 48
    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    What do you call him when he has one up his bum?


  49. 49
    Universal Hiss says:

    Then how would anyone know?

    Is it in invisible ink?

  50. 50
    Boy George Osborne says:

    ♫ ♫ Cama Cama Cama Cama Cama Cameleron,
    You can’t just go, you can’t just go.
    Every day is like survival,
    You’re my lover, not my rival.
    I’m a man without conviction,
    I’m a man who doesn’t know
    How to sell a contradiction.
    You can’t just go, you can’t just go. ♫ ♫

    Sob !

  51. 51
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “Don’t Publish Something Which Anyone With Half A Brain Knows, Or Can Dope It Out For Themselves, We’ve Sent You, Which Looks More Ominous Than It Really Is, In That This Has Been The Law For 32 Years, Because We Don’t Want, In The Wake Of The Leveson Report, To Make It Appear As If We Are Trying To Produce A Chilling Effect.” OK to paraphrase, though?

    (And BTW, Guido is a Barbra Streisand fan, too, did you know?)

  52. 52
    Guilty as Fuck says:

    Save time & money. Just lock-em up and throw the key’s in the Thames.

  53. 53
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    I wouldn’t say “mouth,” exactly…but it does seem to have come from a horse.

  54. 54
    not a machine says:

    A brief revisit for me , my thoughts to Oklahoma , a fond farewell to Sir Mervyn King the response to check problem “well they could always consier joining the sterling zone” or as observer reporter put it “another virtuosos performance” shall miss him , just hope he writes a book . the excellent bakers story on BBC was a fine piece of historic recording , David Buick recalling “my word is my bond ” and Mr Agies rather belatedly framing it perfectly “we began making money out of clients rather than making for them ” too right Mr Aegis brown , blair started making money out of tax payer by leaving them with big bill while fizzhogg appearence circuit and tax avoidence funds helped them into millioniare socalists bracket , only for millionaire conservatives to come in and carry on with same whip .

    however to the purpose of posting “gay marriage” I did listen to the debate and was astonished at abours dirty deal with dave on a free vote I have mulled it over and it still doesnt sit right , not so much that Dave has lost intellectual credibiity in that he now firmly entombed with this bill and his buddies in crime Francis Maude , Oliver Letwin and George Osbourne . I mean just to revisit the coalition agreement it was “exploritary talks on drafting a bill for gay marriage” however the serios electoral fraud charge of not putting in a manfesto is bad enough , let alone the fact that it is a religous matter and people like Ken Clark must have understood that detail , the wonky surveys the , young luvvies gushing with praise for Dave , the forming of the old farts , naturaly to be replaced by the new farts , ave being made into some sort of forward thinking genius , the press muppets “we sould just get on with it in 5 yrs time no wll think anything of it ” . as though the waiving on of 5000 plus yeas of history was just like having a cup of tea . mmm man and wife existed befoore exodus and the giving of the law (hence its expression in the 10 commandments) , well you have to have some sort of arrangement for procreation . Nick herbert nearly blew it wen he crumbled into a race argument , the hon member for Rhonda listened most intenty to conciencious objection , and Simon hughs made some sort f spurious comment about which groups hadnt a clue about god orderderd or not . it was conveluted and lame stuff clerly not thought through , what a teacher will teach , what a minister can believe , I was half expecting daves speech on the need to re write the bible as it doesnt appealy to the google generation to appear. Still by the day was over , the old farts had formed and the new farts were in like flint the next day .
    For me it was truly one of the most corrupt days of parliament I had seen , a reliogous matter , no manfesto, no choice for public . The public felt it , one die hard labour supporter I know thought it was so nuts and sent ot the wrong message to the many working class families trying to live a good life .But no the maudes and letwins have won out I mean might as well calll it a private members bill for so little public regard was considerd.

    Sould have left gay marriage to civil parnerships (which I agree does rebaance the law) because screwing the word and meaning of marriage up , will be detrimental to society and pulling its meaning from history . You utter arrogant fools and wait for it the voice of Jermey browne will soon be legalising drugs for you as well .

    Bit of a sort flash bang day for me , slightly confusing and disorientating , but then it all settled out into bile and contempt for the political class and it all felt strangely brown era again “it is the right thing to do” I have always wonderd if the gay ratio of lesbian and male homosexuals is the same ie equal because I saw no lesbian representation , must be a male ego thing , scratch your eyes out if you dont legislate . ah but then we have to remember Peter mandelsons sinday appearence , it was euro commissioner through ad through . me thinks gay marriage is part of Daves EU love , either that or he genuinely is just unable to tell a left wing idealogue from a conservative one . Bad week for dave for now the jockeying for position has begun for his crown , if i were him i would be watching my friends moe cosely than ed r nick . Strangely nick comes out safe , still like a bunion on every step , but safe he can blow on the old farts , the new farts will be getting ready for a showing and all will be well ? I dont think so gay marriage is just beyond the pale , dave has hurt so many people with this one .
    boquet catchers at weddings esp.
    however ets move onto a fier point teachers not rasining or promoting one above the other for fear it may upset the childen of a civil partnership , which if male probebely means adopted , , they dnt want to hut the children ??? well if this gay men bringing up children thing doesnt work out then each and every mp who voted for this bil should resign for bringing children up in such a way , however that evidence is some way off , but the warnings were given at the time of gay adoption . the cldren of gay parents may act differently to other children we dont know , so its no the teacers fault if that occures you cannot eqalise a difference of understanding that is subliminal until you are mature , school will not make legisklation work , your just pushing your wonk onto the kids rather than the moral behaviour which kids learn from , you cannot give kids mental consideration of the law when there brains are working different to the age at which that condition arrives .

    Anyhow lets see where the letwins , osbournes and maudes are when it turns out it was a mistake to pass this legislatuion …….. should have left it alone its a religous matter , wonk land has failed in my view today

    may return later in year but a memorable coupe of weeks

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    Walk this welsh coastal path like anything like nobodies business, and when walking along between Pendine and Amroth, heard this lamb screaming and bleating like fuck, so scrambled over a hedge to investigate and the poor blighter had caught his leg in a rabbit’s snare. So picked him/her after releasing him, since it looked it cut near the bone, carried him/her to the farm house, with mother following. Farmer said he/she will survive, and we me and Farmer Dai had a bit of a booze up, and we had an excellent chat. That is what life is all about – chance meetings. Still pop in to see him now and then when I an down there, but I make sure I walk it there, so his daughter can give me a lift back to my caravan in Pendine… HEY – behave.

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    OK, so I taught her tongue Olympics, only because she asked! Nothing more, honest.

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    fendel says:

    is this about the country suppers?

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    book write OOOO-OOOOOOO cross eyed swivelled reading that

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    Tower is too good for them?

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    Boris Mk2, in a dress says:

    How about hang drawn and quartered, like in the good old days. Think Rebekah might like that, four horsies tied to her limbs, and smacked on their arses to run out into each point of the compass? Bit messy, but hey, that is how justice was done then.

  61. 61
    TV watcher says:

    Boris? In a caravan? Near Pendine? With HIS reputation?…

  62. 62
    Matilda says:

    Goldystinkysocks at their best – all over the bloody world too. Mark Carney is their next useful tool on the podium.

  63. 63
    Matilda says:

    You must be the only one who did. I certainly did not bother.

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    Just a Thought says:

    Anyone charged with an offence is entitled to a fair trial of the facts and the evidence and editors should heed the warning from th AG. The liberty of two individuals is at stake and the interests of justice can only be served if the media let the courts do their job without interference!

  65. 65

    No doubt when this trial starts it will be Dave’s eyes that begin to swivel.

  66. 66
    fitzfitz says:

    … in 5 words, please: 5 words .

  67. 67
    Lord Genome says:

    Trebles all round tomorrow ?

  68. 68
    Gordon 'Mad Dog' Brown says:

    I think the country owes me a great deal for having the foresight to sell our gold before this crash.

  69. 69
    Del Boy says:

    This trial should have been down and dusted months ago.

    Threats from the A/G are a bit rich in my opinion.

    Dragging it out just gives Defendants a better chance to get things thrown out on a technicality.

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    Tosspot says:

    Wow I did not know Owain Jones could sing… don’t give up the day job… boyo

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    superman says:

    Don’t worry. One of their friends will publish a prejudicial article. The judge will release them , rail at the editor who will have his writs slapped and the establishment will win again!

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    The Attorney General – is a wanker and can Kiss My Ass as can the former AG Goldsmith – wanker. Baroness Scotland duplicitous fucking fork-tongued hypocrite witch.

  73. 73
    Titler glossy mag says:

    He can always hang some wallpaper

  74. 74
    John Tandy says:

    Still under Cams wing then. is he protecting them or himself ?

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    Bluebottle says:

    His eyes started to swivel when Tom Watson started talking about North Wales.

    He went wobbly.

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    Great Granddad says:

    STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION (and we know where you live.)

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    Great Granddad says:

    Thank you, Guido. Without you we would never have known what it is that we are not allowed to know. We might otherwise have published something that unknown to us might one day be called into evidence in this, or some other, case. For instance, I was considering asking what I thought was a pertinent question, but clearly I must not now so indulge myself.

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    Great Granddad says:


    Meaning no racial or ethnic slur to anyone at all and intending no offence to anyone from any birthplace, and certainly none to Guido – who would have thought that the Attorney General (or perhaps his head P.R. man) was so indisputably an Irishman?

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    Face says:

    Why am I commenting on this now?

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    because coulson and Brooke’s have been shagging

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    Yummy mummy in my tummy says:

    why are they both trending? #innocentface

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