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Murdoch Papers Hacked Lawyers, Too

 
 
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 At this point, finding out the News of the World hacked any group of people won't be surprising—you can't go any lower than tapping into the phone of a missing girl later learned to be the victim of a serial killer. But the latest revelation may have an impact in a whole other realm of the justice system: several lawyers have either been notified they were indeed hacked, or at least listed in the files of Glenn Mulcaire. Some represented celebrities, such as Jude Law rep Graham Shear, while others were directly involved with the hacking scandal, including Mark Lewis, who represented Gordon Taylor during the settlement. The Guardian reports:

One barrister involved in media cases admitted he had been worried enough to check with the detectives to see if his mobile number was on the list. He had been relieved to be assured it was not.

In a statement, Des Hudson, the Law Society chief executive, said:

"Hacking into solicitors' phones would be very serious indeed, and we urge the police to carry out a full investigation. If hacking was carried out with the intention of undermining court action, it might well constitute an attempt to pervert the course of justice, which is a serious criminal offence.
"It is a shocking breach of the privacy of both solicitors and their clients. I will also be writing to Lord Justice Leveson [the judge leading the phone-hacking inquiry] asking him to investigate these allegations."

 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has also launched an investigation into the role of other, unspecified lawyers "in events surrounding the News of the World phone-hacking scandal".

 Despicable. Read the full story here.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 26, 2011, 5:34am

 
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