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Sky News Admit Hacking


morddwyd

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Sky news has admitted hacking e-mails, and quotes poblic interest.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17628600

Although it's not in the link, according to the BBC News last night evidence obtained in this way had been used in the case to help secure a conviction.

Regardless of Sky News action (though one wonders why they have not been prosecuted for this illegal act), when did UK courts start admitting evidence which has been obtained by illegal means, or evidence which was led to by illegal means?

Why do the police bother to obtain search warrants, and how long before, when a warrant is refused, police ask a friendly "investigative" journalist to do the job for them?

Public interest or not, at the moment illegally obtained evidence, and even some legally obtained evidence, such as wire taps, is not permitted, so is this another instance of News International being cosied up to?

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morddwyd

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FE

I did not know that.

I stand corrected.

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johndrew

"As I understand your statement, what you are suggesting is that a Judge may ignore Statute and apply a ruling considered suitable by the Court."

That's not quite what I said, although I can see why you might think it was.

A judge sitting in a jury trial may admit evidence which was improperly obtained if, in his or her opinion its significance should be determined not so much by its apparent unlawfulness or irregularity, as by its effect, taken as a whole, upon the fairness or unfairness of the proceedings.

There is legal precedent, as I stated earlier, in the case of R v V Sang (1980)

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