Rupert Murdoch and son James are due to appear next week at the Leveson inquiry into British media ethics. In July they were also questioned by a parliamentary committee looking into the still-unfolding telephone hacking scandal that resulted in the Murdochs' decision to shut down its highly profitable London weekly, News of the World. The scandal has continued to swell since then, with revelations that journalists at the tabloid routinely bribed police officers and other public officials for information and that the Murdoch daily The Sun may have engaged in some of the same tactics that brought down its sibling weekly. This week, Mark Lewis, a British lawyer who represents several persons who have accused the Murdoch papers of eavesdropping on their voicemail, arrived in the U.S. and announced that he had been contacted by three persons who claim that their voicemail was hacked while they were on U.S. SOiL. On Thursday Lewis said that he had taken on a fourth case. He appeared at a news conference with his American legal partner Norman Siegel, a former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Siegel said that he had been looking into six additional complaints and indicated that he expected that number to expand. "My experience in these sorts of cases is that when people sense you are serious and balanced in your approach, they begin to come out of the woodwork," he said.

20/04/2012