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June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Judge John Saunders, who presided over the trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, took the unusual step Wednesday of castigating British Prime Minister David Cameron for his remarks following Coulson’s conviction in which Cameron apologized for hiring Coulson as his press secretary. Cameron’s remarks came as jurors were still deliberating on two other charges against Coulson. "I don’t know whether it’s been done in ignorance or been done deliberately," Judge Saunders said, referring to the prime minister’s statement. He said that he had written to Cameron’s private secretary asking "why he had issued his statement while the jury was still considering verdicts." Later, Cameron’s office issued a statement saying that "the prime minister was careful to make no further comment about any matters that might still be before the court." Not so, said Judge Saunders. "He [Cameron] has now told the public, and therefore the jury, that he was given assurances by Mr. Coulson before he employed him, which turned out to be untrue. … "The jury were not aware of that before, and it is a matter which is capable of affecting Mr. Coulson’s credibility in their eyes." In the end, the jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining charges, and the judge dismissed them. The prosecution has not indicated whether it intends to retry Coulson on those charges.