Trials of the World: Journalist Wasn’t Asked, Didn’t Answer

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There’s a big trial going on at the Old Bailey this involving former staff of News of the World, who have been charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct and hacking phones.

Today, Clive Goodman, the paper’s former royal editor testified that he hacked Kate Middleton 155 times, including listening to her voicemails on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He also revealed for the first time he directly hacked the phone of Prince William 35 times and Prince Harry 9 times, adding that police had failed to ask him a single question about it in the eight years since he was arrested on related charges.

Goodman said he had not been asked about this by the police or any other authority when he was arrested on related charges in 2006 or any time since.

“I’ve never been asked before. The Metropolitan police, Crown Prosecution Service did not ask me these questions in 2006 and 2007. I’ve never been asked by any inquiry any time about this,” he said.

He offered no explanation for why he hacked the decidedly boring Kate 155 times, while hacking the much more interesting Harry only 9 times. Seriously, you know Harry gets up to way crazier stuff.

He first hacked Middleton on 21 December 2005, the jury heard, and continued to hack her on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. His first hack of Prince William was revealed to have taken place at the end of January 2006.

He also hacked the phone of Kate Waddington, the personal assistant to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, 160 times.

Pro Tip: Prosecutors should probably make sure they ask open ended questions to find out what criminal suspects know.

In unrelated news, check out this picture of Benedict Cumberbatch:



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