New York–based lawsuits for phone hacking against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have been teased since September, but British lawyer Mark Lewis says he will file domestic cases “imminently,” according to the Daily Beast today. “This is getting wider,” warned Lewis, who first sued Murdoch on behalf of a hacked soccer official in 2007. He has gone on to represent the parents of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, whose story made the hacking case international news, and claims to have three U.S. lawsuits planned, including allegations from at least one American citizen. Lewis is working stateside with former NYCLU head Norman Siegel, and is expected here in News Corp.’s hometown on Monday.
Mueller’s sentencing memo in Paul Manafort’s DC case was due today … here’s what may be going on assuming it doesn’t show up in the next 45 min:
1. They’ve filed under seal, and once a redacted version is okay’d we’ll get it soon.
2. They missed the deadline. Option 1 is what’s happened in the past during the plea deal breach briefing (and sometimes the lawyers wouldn’t publicly confirm they’d filed at all), and is much more likely than option