EARLY post, so not all the papers are carrying their coverage yet. I will update later if they file tonight.
Day 2 was slow again and dominated by jury selection it seems, but the Mr Justice Saunders got things under way before the end of the afternoon and it was events outside court, or rather a Private Eye cover that was centre of attention.
Reported in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Drum, and at Hacked Off.
All went for the judge’s extensive warning to the jury not to be swayed by outside coverage. not to go Googling or looking on Twitter or Facebook for items about the trial or its background.
The Attorney General’s office announced in the afternoon it would not be pursuing Private Eye for contempt. No real surprise, it was miles away from being in contempt and the judge’s remarks were a relatively mild admonition to ignore it. If he had been gravely concerned by it, Ian Hislop would have been ordered to court tomorrow to explain himself, which many a judge has done in the past to errant editors.
Still, it livened up Day 2. Prosecution opening tomorrow, which we’re told can be live tweeted.
Update, here’s coverage from The Independent, The Mirror and the Daily Express
It particularly love the line by Mr Justice Saunders warning jurors away from blogs written by politicians and actors on subjects ‘they know very little about.’ Who can he mean?
I think the pic of Rebecca Brooks is from her original appearance before Leveson in April/May 2012 and it was remarked at the time how her dress had a Salem witch trial ‘look’ about it.
I think when Private Eye realised the date of the trial starting it must have been seen as too good an opportunity to miss and how Mr Justice Saunders took the bait as well (surely the standard warning about any press coverage would have done, rather than specifically naming Private Eye).