Andy Coulson Cleared of Perjury as Trial Collapses

Andy Coulson, the ex-editor of the News of the World and David Cameron’s former head of communications, has been cleared of committing perjury.
The 47-year-old journalist was acquitted on the 12th day of his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh. He had been accused of telling lies about his knowledge of phone hacking at the now-defunct tabloid while giving evidence over two days at the perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan, the former socialist MSP, in 2010.
But proceedings came to a sudden end when the judge, Lord Burns, upheld a defence submission that Mr Coulson had not committed perjury because his evidence did not meet the technical, Scots law definition of the offence.
The collapse of the case will inevitably raise questions about the decision to pursue the prosecution of the former editor and the 18-month inquiry involving dozens of Scottish police officers.
The Crown Office has also dropped criminal charges against another two former News of the World journalists, Bob Bird, the former editor of the Scottish edition, and its news editor Douglas Wight.