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A public interest?

The failure of Operation Elveden is symptomatic of a lack of legal definition for what constitutes the public interest, says Mark Abbott

16 June 2015

In January 2012, my client Graham Dudman, the former editor of The Sun, had his house searched, his passport seized, and was subsequently arrested in relation to the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden, which centred on allegations
of inappropriate payments
to officials.

Dudman was charged with four counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office for making and approving payments to officials in return
for news stories. His first trial at Kingston Crown Court ended with him cleared of two counts, and the jury hung on the remaining two charges. Prosecuting counsel Oliver Glasgow told the court that the crown would be seeking a retrial.

Last month, the prosecution formally acquitted Dudman at the Old Bailey after a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) review of all Operation Elveden cases concluded it was no longer in the public interest to contin...

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