Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The #Times #NightJack And the Whole Terrible Story

It was revealed yesterday that The Times is facing the prospect of fresh legal action from the NightJack blogger as the Leveson Inquiry looked in forensic detail at the paper's involvement in hacking the police blogger's email and concealing that fact from the HIgh Court.

Times editor James Harding yesterday issued an apology over the illegal hacking of Richard Horton's email account in 2009 and revealed he had also personally apologised to both Horton and to Mr Justice Eady over the fact that information was witheld from him during an injunction hearing.

Lord Justice Leveson told Harding: “Nothing that you are discussing today is relevant to the litigation between Mr Horton and the Times. If Mr Horton wants to pursue some remedy that will be a matter for him, to take advice and do what he feels is appropriate.”

Later into the hearing Harding told the inquiry that he had recently attempted to get in touch with Horton after he learnt about the email hacking allegations but found that he had already instructed lawyers. Press Gazette understands that lawyer Mark Lewis is acting for Horton.

Much of yesterday’s evidence focused on a High Court hearing held in June 2009 in which Horton had an injunction banning publication of his identity overturned by The Times.

Harding said that he had no knowledge of the story, or that that the legal action was being defended, until after the more