Ex-Murdoch aide Brooks to plead in conspiracy case
LONDON (AFP) - Ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks is to enter her plea in a London court on Wednesday on charges of trying to cover up phone hacking that led to the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid's closure.
Brooks, 44, is set to appear at London's Old Bailey along with her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks, 49, and four other people also charged in May with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The defendants, who were released on bail, will enter their pleas on the conspiracy charges in a hearing that will also handle charges of phone hacking against Brooks and seven others including six ex-News of the World journalists.
They are not expected to plead on Wednesday on the phone hacking charges, but the judge may decide whether there will be two separate trials or just one.