Ex-UK tabloid editor convicted of phone hacking

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Ex-UK tabloid editor convicted of phone hacking
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Former government director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson arrives at Old Bailey on June 23, 2014 in London, England. Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey on June 16, 2014 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey on June 23, 2014 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey on June 16, 2014 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson arrives at Old Bailey on June 16, 2014 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Charlie Brooks and Rebekah Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey on April 15, 2014 in London, England. Former government director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, arrives at the Old Bailey on March 31, 2014 in London, England. Former government director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Charlie Brooks, husband of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, arrives at the Old Bailey on March 31, 2014 in London, England. Former government director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London on January 15, 2014. Eight defendants are on trial in the case, including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. They all deny the charges, which arise from the scandal that shut the News of the World in July 2011. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Hanna, former head of security at News International, arrives for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London on January 15, 2014. Eight defendants, including Hanna and former editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, are on trial in the blockbuster case which arose from the scandal that shut the News of the World in July 2011. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 30: Tommy Sheridan makes a statement outside his home after the announcement that former News of The World editor Andy Coulson has beed detained on suspicion of perjury, on May 30, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. Coulson, 44, was detained by officers from Strathclyde Police on suspicion of committing perjury during the 2010 trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) -- Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking Tuesday, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

A jury unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, guilty of conspiring to intercept communications. Brooks was acquitted of that charge and of counts of bribing officials and obstructing police.

The nearly eight-month trial was triggered by revelations that for years the News of the World used illegal eavesdropping to get stories, listening in on the voicemails of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims.

Three others - Brooks' husband Charles Brooks, her former secretary Cheryl Carter and News International security chief Mark Hanna - were acquitted of perverting the course of justice by attempting to hide evidence from police.

Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner was found not guilty of phone hacking.

The defendants stood silently in the dock as the forewoman of the 11-member jury announced the verdicts.

The scandal led Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old tabloid and spurred criminal investigations in which dozens of journalists and officials have been arrested.

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