Trial by media: how bad press can influence a jury
Furthermore, Dominic Grieve, the current Attorney General, has been far more proactive than his predecessors. Grieve launched three prosecutions against newspapers in 2011 alone, compared to a total of three by previous Attorney Generals in the preceding 10 years. During the Chris Jeffries saga he prosecuted the Sun and the Daily Mirror which resulted in fines of £18,000 and £50,000 respectively. This was especially surprising as it is very unusual for a newspaper to be charged with contempt for a case which never went to trial.