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Brooks cleared, Coulson guilty in Britain's phone-hacking trial

Published on Jun 24, 2014 8:30 PM
 
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks (left) and her husband Charlie (right) leave the Old Bailey courthouse in London June 24, 2014. Former Rupert Murdoch confidante Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges while former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of plotting to hack phones in a dramatic end to Britain's marathon media trial on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Former Rupert Murdoch confidante Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges while former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of plotting to hack phones in a dramatic end to Britain's marathon media trial on Tuesday.

The jury delivered their verdicts after eight days of deliberations and nearly six months of evidence sparked by the scandal that led to News Corp boss Murdoch shutting down the Sunday tabloid in disgrace in July 2011.

Coulson, 46, who was forced to resign as British Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief over the scandal, now faces jail following his conviction at the Old Bailey court in London.

But the flame-haired Brooks, once one of Australian-born Murdoch's closest aides, will walk free after being cleared of conspiring to intercept mobile phone voicemails and of plotting to pay officials for information.

 
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