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Cameron appoints judge to head inquiry with ‘links’ to Murdochs? How bizarre is that?

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Cameron appoints judge to head inquiry with ‘links’ to Murdochs? How bizarre is that?

Post by Guest on 23.07.11 11:00



Saturday, July 23, 2011 by Charon QC

Two stories have caught my eye overnight…both from The Telegraph…

http://charonqc.wordpress.com/

George Osborne had dinner with Rupert Murdoch two weeks before BSkyB bid decision
The Telegraph: The Chancellor, George Osborne, flew to New York and had dinner with Rupert Murdoch two weeks before the media regulator was due to decide on whether to approve his takeover of BSkyB.

AND… this.. rather more important one…

Phone hacking inquiry judge attended parties at home of Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law
The Telegraph: The judge in charge of the phone hacking inquiry has attended parties at the home of Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law.

Lord Leveson’s office insisted that David Cameron had been informed of the judge’s attendance at the parties and had not raised any objections.

Lord Leveson’s office continued: “Lord Justice Leveson was not involved in that meeting and he has neither met nor spoken to anyone from Freud Communications since January 2011.

“There is, in any event, no continuing relationship. Prior to his appointment to the inquiry, Lord Justice Leveson ensured that these matters were brought to the attention of the Prime Minister.”

Twenty years ago I was involved in a contract dispute. I won. The first High Court judge to try the issue had to recuse himself (stand down). The plaintiffs objected on the grounds that I had had a drink with the judge when he was a QC. The judge had no problem with this. Nor did I.

In the present climate – I am surprised that the Prime Minister, aware of the minor connection between Lord Justice Leveson and the Murdochs as reported in The Telegraph – thought it fitting that Leveson LJ should head the inquiry. I am sure that Leveson LJ would be impartial. He is highly regarded. But on this very complex and emotive issue of #Hackgate – it is surprising (a) that this story was not announced at the time Leveson LJ was appointed and, frankly, (b) that Leveson LJ was appointed, and (c) accepted the appointment.

My view on this may not find favour in some circles…. but I do feel, strongly, that Leveson LJ – assuming The Telegraph story is accurate in all respects – should stand down. There must be other judges with no connections to the Murdochs or their empire, who could do just as good a job?

Chris Bryant MP has objected. I think we should also object...strongly.

http://charonqc.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/rive-gauche-cameron-appoints-judge-to-head-inquiry-with-links-to-murdochs-how-bizarre-is-that/
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Post by Guest on 23.07.11 11:31

Lord Leveson’s office insisted that David Cameron had been informed of the judge’s attendance at the parties and had not raised any objections.

wft It just gets worse.

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Post by jd on 23.07.11 14:54

I am sure that Leveson LJ would be impartial

Of course he would say that wouldn't he!
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Post by aiyoyo on 23.07.11 15:59

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Re: Cameron appoints judge to head inquiry with ‘links’ to Murdochs? How bizarre is that?

Post by Guest on 25.07.11 13:03

Miliband mulls MPs' demands to remove hacking-inquiry judge


Labour leader shares concerns over impartiality of Lord Justice Leveson after revelations that he attended parties at the home of Elisabeth Murdoch


By Jane Merrick, Jonathan Owen, Brian Brady and Martin Hickman


Sunday, 24 July 2011


Elisabeth Murdoch is regarded as the heir to News Corporation


Ed Miliband is considering demands by MPs for the judge in charge of the phone-hacking inquiry to be removed from his post after reports that he had socialised with members of Rupert Murdoch's family.


Sources close to the Labour leader said he shared the concerns raised over the impartiality of Lord Justice Leveson after it emerged that the judge attended two parties at the London home of Elisabeth Murdoch, the News Corporation chairman's daughter who is regarded as the heir to the business, and her husband, Matthew Freud.

David Cameron knew about the parties before appointing Lord Leveson to chair the inquiry into the scandal, Downing Street admitted.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/miliband-mulls-mps-demands-to-remove-hackinginquiry-judge-2319555.html
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Post by Guest on 25.07.11 13:12

GOOD thanks Candyfloss.
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Post by PeterMac on 25.07.11 16:25

Thanks for that link. It also clears up some things about Mike Todd, the Chief Constable who wandered off up Snowdon with a bottle of gin.

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Re: Cameron appoints judge to head inquiry with ‘links’ to Murdochs? How bizarre is that?

Post by Guest on 06.10.11 10:25

Interesting story about Murdoch - you have to use google translate as it is in my language.

In 1969 someone named Mafia M3 tried to kidnapp Murdochs wife, but he had borrowed away his car that weekend so someone elses wife was taken then killed..

When I read Mafia M3 my first thought was Metodo 3 lol :)

http://www.klikk.no/produkthjemmesider/vimenn/reportasje/article703464.ece
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