James Murdoch prepares for second round of testimony

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:52 EDT
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After two former News Corp. employees pointed to inaccuracies in the first testimony of James Murdoch, the News International chief admitted he was “mistaken” about payments made to an ostensibly “rogue” reporter who carried out illegal hacking operations.

The backpedaling immediately prompted calls for him to return and testify again — and this time, under oath. That inquiry has officially called James Murdoch back to testify in October, and under different conditions than his first visit to Parliament.

In his next appearance, which Lord Justice Leveson wants televised, Murdoch will be sworn-in and members of Parliament will be able to present evidence, forcing him to respond. Witnesses may also be called, British media reported.

If he’s shown to have lied under oath, charges of perjury could be imposed.

This video is from the Associated Press, published Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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