Monday, 23 March 2015

George Michael: My Moral Compass

A Sun news editor accused over allegations that a prison officer was paid for tips about pop star George Michael (pictured, Reuters) [not here. matey] while he was behind bars has told a court he relied on his "moral compass" to decide who he should deal with.

Brandon Malinsky, 50, is on trial at the Old Bailey charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office between September 2010 and March 2011.

As night news editor, he exchanged emails with reporter and co-defendant Neil Millard about a contact at Pentonville Prison where Michael was being held, the court heard.

Malinsky, from north London, denied having direct dealings with the officer, Reggie Nunkoo, or that having anything to do with authorising cash payments of hundreds of pounds to him.

He told jurors that during his legal training, the issue of public officials never arose and he was never given any guidance at The Sun about who could be paid.

But he said he would not consider it right to pay a police officer for a story because they were involved in the criminal justice system.

Prosecutor Stuart Biggs questioned him about his evidence that he might have spoken to a prison officer during his career, asking: "You would not think there was anything wrong with that?"

Malinsky replied: "Speaking to a prison officer? I would not think that at the time. You would use your own moral compass to decide who you should or shouldn't speak to. Personally, I would not have dealt with a police officer."

He added: "There was no training. You based it on your own moral guidance."

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