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Ex-UK tabloid editor convicted of phone hacking

By JILL LAWLESS

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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Rick June 24 2014 at 8:03 AM

Brooks is just as guilty, but men always end up taking the blame and women get off far too easily.

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Nancy J. Ellis Rick June 24 2014 at 10:03 AM

Makes me wonder how Obama would fare on trial for phone hacking charges in the US and around the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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the london co June 24 2014 at 8:34 AM

so if he's guilty -and the nsa was found to ilegally of collected evidence including phone records -they should face the same punishment-after all thats a private company with no more law then a private detective agency really-

can a private company bug people and hack computers

are all agents sworn in police because if not that's civilians hacking other civilians -the badge means nothing-

if fact they are committing the crime themselves and that's not federal that's business law no federal prison for them.

LOL the fbi , local police or sherrifs could arrest them

i would a little nervous if worked for them-they even told the German president no to seeing her file- so trust issues there!!!

look at all the contractors higher -they have jp morgan for EBT program but thats not going to gov employees -thats great if you work for jp morgan -do they get perks as gov contractors like health care

all credit to fire service and emts - those guys-while we all run out they are running in

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Nancy J. Ellis the london co June 24 2014 at 10:13 AM

You would be surprised how much illegal activity our own federal government employees are involved in and their part in cover up, lies, deceit and deception!!!! There are no legal phone taps being done from Obama, athe Whitehouse has wire taps going on Internationally!!!!!!!! Do you honestly believe Internet communications can be lost!!!!!!!!!! If anyone corresponds with anyone else there is more than one way to trace the conversation and what was relayed either written or spoken communication!!! Nixon was impeached for illegal phone tapping, that is nothing considering the current Administration, the color of ones skin seems to be the deciding factor with todays tolerant bias society!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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allyndp June 24 2014 at 9:11 AM

So journalist think its ok to tap phones but when Nixon did it they had his head.

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jcollina June 24 2014 at 10:25 AM

We need a little British justice here. How about locking up some of the spooks (term used for spies) at NSA and the CIA?

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