19 July 2012
Two British Tabloids have been found convicted of contempt of court over articles published on the conviction of Levi Bellfield for the abduction and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler. The High Court in London ruled that the reports by the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror were “seriously prejudicial” while jurors were considering a separate attempted abduction charge against Bellfield. On Wednesday, two High Court judges found the newspapers guilty of contempt of court in a case brought by Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General. His action was brought against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, and MGN, publisher of the Daily Mirror. The newspapers contested the action and said their publications would not have created a substantial risk of serious prejudice.