Yesterday David Cameron apologised on Sky News for hiring Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor, as his director of communications.
"I am extremely sorry I employed him. It was the wrong decision," he said.
The trial finally concluded today, and the judge had harsh words for the Prime Minister and "other politicians".
The jury was still deliberating over two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office in the case of Coulson and Clive Goodman, the former royal editor of News of the World, when the Prime Minister issued his statement. Ed Miliband had also given a statement in which he said: "This isn't just a serious error of judgement, it taints David Cameron's government."
David Cameron took "the best legal advice" before making his televised apology yesterday, Downing Street has said. For Labour's part, a senior source has told ITV: ""It seems to us that these are matters between the judge and the Prime Minister."
HT Mark Frankel.