Hacking Update: News Of the World Lawyer Warned Email Was “Fatal To Our Case” Ahead Of Crucial James Murdoch Meeting

By David Lieberman, Tim Adler in London

More bad news for James Murdoch today ahead of his appearance next week before the UK Parliament’s culture committee, which is investigating the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal. The committee just released a tranche of legal correspondence that includes a letter supporting James’ chief opponents, former NOTW in-house lawyer Tom Crone and editor Colin Myler. They testified in September that they were “certain” Murdoch knew in 2008 about an email that indicated more than one journalist was involved in the lawbreaking — blowing a hole in the Murdoch’s claim that at the time he believed the trouble was limited to a single “rogue” reporter. If they’re right, then it suggests Murdoch tried to cover up the extent of the lawbreaking that year when he authorized a $1.4M out-of-court settlement with a non-disclosure clause to soccer chief Gordon Taylor, a hacking victim who knew that a second reporter had been implicated. One big question is whether the executives appreciated the implications of the email — addressed “For Neville” — that included transcripts from private calls. A just-released letter that Crone wrote to Myler on May 24, 2008, prior to a meeting with Murdoch indicates that they did. It said that the email “is fatal to our case” against Taylor. (more…)

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