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Stop Press (something authority would dearly like to do): The Guardian was slower off the mark than this piddling little site but will get an awful lot more readers. I'd challenge some of its conclusions though obviously not the central one: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/22/guardian-view-on-sun-journalists-acquittal-right-verdict
Only a heart of stone could fail to bleed for the Crown Prosecution Service team and the sense of despair that must have descended as files were packed away, briefcases closed and a gloomy weekend contemplated. Yet another jury had acquitted journalists of criminality over payments to public officials.
As verdict after verdict has gone against the CPS, it is perhaps unthinkable that its people had champagne on ice for post-trial celebrations somewhere near the Old Bailey on Friday. The Sun four - John Kay, Duncan Larcombe, Geoff Webster and Fergus Shanahan - doubtless made for an appropriate hostelry after the jury returned from a marathon retirement to clear them of all charges, and I do not blame them.