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Blogger pursues The Times in hacking action

17th April 2012

Detective Constable Richard Horton, the man at the centre of the NightJack blog hacking scandal, has begun legal proceedings against The Times newspaper.

Horton, whose political blogging identity was revealed by the paper in 2009, is being represented by Mark Lewis, who has already acted for several high-profile victims in recent celebrity phone hacking cases and is now in America making new claims against News Corporation on behalf of three US citizens.

Although former reporter Pat Foster has admitted that he illegally accessed Horton’s private e-mail account during his time investigating the detective – who was demoted in the wake of the revelations - it is the paper itself that is being pursued. 

With those in legal jobs having to deal with a large number of similar cases in the last year or so, the consultant tasked with acting for Horton explained that he and his colleagues are now confident and well versed at handling this type of litigation action.