Rebekah Brooks prosecutor Alison Levitt QC was victim of tabloid sting
Brooks may challenge prosecution on grounds of DPP adviser's alleged 'jaundiced view of tabloids'
A SOURCE close to Rebekah Brooks has revealed that the former News International CEO may challenge her prosecution after discovering one of the senior members of the Crown Prosecution Service's team was once the subject of a tabloid sting story.
Brooks and her racehorse-trainer husband Charlie were charged earlier this week along with four other people of perverting the course of justice in relation to the phone hacking scandal.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Alison Levitt QC, who acted as principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer, was the subject of a tabloid story five years ago when her affair with a peer was reported.
It is believed Brooks's legal team at law firm Kingsley Napley are now examining whether Levitt's decision to prosecute may have been influenced by the sting, and whether this gave her "a jaundiced view of the tabloid press", and hence of Brooks.
If this can be proved to be the case, they are likely to argue that Levitt should have "recused" herself from any charging decision. It could also mean the CPS will have to re-examine the charges.
The affair between Levitt and Lord Carlile of Berriew was first reported in the Mail on Sunday in January 2005, and picked up later by the News of the World and other tabloids. The couple are now married.
Keir Starmer last night described Levitt as a "distinguished and highly respected QC".
He told the Telegraph: "It is preposterous to question the judgement of my principal legal adviser, Alison Levitt QC, on the basis that five years ago the News of the World wrote three sentences about her private life."
"Alison Levitt QC was not even aware that the News of the World had written anything about her until it was drawn to her attention yesterday. She is a distinguished and highly respected QC." ·