James Cusick

James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.

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Andy Coulson; Rebekah Brooks and her husband, Charlie

Hacking trial: Legal battle set to cost taxpayers millions of pounds

A legal battle between Rupert Murdoch’s News UK and England’s prosecuting authorities over the “astronomical” costs of the record-breaking phone hacking trial will involve “millions of pounds of taxpayers' money”.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: News of the World rival ‘was also hacking Milly Dowler’s voicemails’ claims Glenn Mulcaire

Glenn Mulcaire claims he was jointly ‘tasked’  to access the murdered girl’s phone

Mr Justice Saunders’ criticism of the Prime Minister centred on a “full and frank” public apology from Mr Cameron

Hacking trial: Judge blasts senior politicians for disregarding 'the rule of law'

The judge in the hacking trial has accused David Cameron and other senior politicians of engaging in an “open season” disregard for “justice and the rule of law”.

Andy Coulson leaves the Old Bailey after being found guilty of phone hacking

Hacking trial: How the case was won and lost

It was a terse, three-word instruction preserved in an email that swung the jury against Andy Coulson. James Cusick explains why the former editor was convicted, and his fellow defendants acquitted

Andy Coulson outside the Old Bailey where he was found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones

Hacking trial: One rogue editor. After a trial that exposed the extent of illegal phone hacking in the Murdoch empire, former News of the World boss Andy Coulson is found guilty, but five other defendants walk free

Andy Coulson, the former tabloid editor once at the centre of Downing Street's communication operations is facing a prison sentence after being found guilty of conspiring to hack mobile phones when he worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News International. 

Hacking trial: Court eyewitness – on stage it was brutal, backstage it was convivial

The Old Bailey has a rhythm, and the hacking trial matched its beat

The former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey

Phone hacking trial: After eight months, jury today begins sifting the mountain of evidence

Judge says they are under no pressure of time to reach a verdict

Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary; Caroline Flint, Shadow Energy Secretary; Lord Wood, Shadow Minister without portfolio; and Peter Kellner, YouGov

‘Labour must not give up on EU’ warns shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna warns activists that voters will be ‘watching carefully’ how party reacts to Ukip’s poll success

Former chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks subjected to 'witch hunt', defence claims

The trial of Rebekah Brooks was likened to a “witch hunt” and a “medieval show trial” and her life, during seven months in court at the Old Bailey, had been placed under scrutiny “unprecedented in the history of British justice”.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks

Hacking trial: 'No smoking gun' to link Rebekah Brooks to conspiracy

The prosecution case against Rebekah Brooks has found “no smoking gun” that identifies her as the leader of a phone hacking conspiracy that began at the News of the World when she was editor, a jury at the Old Bailey has been told.

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