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Private Eye: 'a bad taste joke'.

NO ACTION will be taken over a Private Eye cover featuring Rebekah Brooks that a judge deemed "a joke in especially bad taste".

A spokesman for the Attorney General confirmed that the front of the magazine's November edition, published as Warrington-born Mrs Brooks' trial started at the Old Bailey, would not lead to contempt of court proceedings.

He said: "The front cover of the current edition of Private Eye has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General, but it has been decided that proceedings for a potential contempt of court are not required in this case."

Former News International chief executive Brooks is currently facing trial along with seven other defendants including ex-Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson.

A jury was sworn in yesterday to try the case, which may take as long as six months.

Mr Justice Saunders told the nine women and three men: "Unfortunately, Private Eye has seen fit to put out their November edition.

"You will undoubtedly see it on the newsstands, so I can show it to you.

"It bears a picture of Rebekah Brooks on the cover.

"It's meant to be satire.

You ignore it. It has no serious input and it is not relevant to your considerations."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2013
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