Andy Coulson to face new trial on hacking charges

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Andy Coulson arrives at at Old Bailey for a Re-Trial decision on phone hacking charges on June 30, 2014 in London, England. Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, returns to court to find out whether he will face a retrial over two charges of conspiracy to bribe public officials. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Former government Director of Communications and News of The World editor Andy Coulson leaves the Old Bailey on June 24, 2014. Former government Director of Communications and News of The World editor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones after an eight month trial at the Old Bailey. Rebekah Brooks, former editor and News International Chief Executive has been found not guilty of all charges against her. The charges of phone hacking were brought by numerous celebrities and members of the public against the media company and forced the closure of the News of the World newspaper. (Photo by Alex Huckle/Getty Images)
Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on April 23, 2014 as he continues to give evidence in the phone-hacking trial. Coulson is among seven defendents on trial over alleged phone hacking at the defunct News of the World newspaper and related charges. All defendents deny the charges. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson arrives for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London on February 19, 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 / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey on November 21, 2013 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 Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Clive Goodman, former News of the World royal editor, arrives at the Old Bailey for the phone-hacking conspiracy trial on October 31, 2013 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 phone hacking celebrities and those in the news at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Former royal editor at the News of the World newspaper, Clive Goodman, arrives for a court hearing at the Old Bailey court in London, on December 6, 2012. Goodman appeared at the Old Bailey along with Andy Coulson former 10 Downing street director of communications, and ex-News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks who are also accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
London, UNITED KINGDOM: Clive Goodman, former royal correspondent for Britain's News of the World newspaper, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London, 26 January 2007. Goodman, who pleaded guilty on November 29 2006 to hacking into the mobile phone messages of the staff of Princes Charles, William and Harry, will be sentenced Friday. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and the paper's former royal reporter Clive Goodman will face a retrial on charges stemming from the phone hacking case.

British prosecutors have accused them of paying police officers to obtain royal phone directories so they could hack into the mobile phones of royal aides for stories.

The retrial was announced Monday at the start of a sentencing hearing for Coulson, who was convicted last week of a single charge of conspiring to hack phones.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the court that the Crown Prosecution Service "has taken the position to proceed with the retrial" of Coulson and Goodman.

The jury in that case failed to reach a decision on two of the charges against Coulson - a former top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron - and Goodman, who pleaded guilty to earlier phone hacking charges in 2006.

Coulson's lawyers will present "mitigation arguments" in court this week before his sentence on hacking charges is announced on Friday. He faces up to two years in prison.

He will be sentenced alongside four other former employees of the News of the World tabloid who have pleaded guilty to hacking.

Ex-editor Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper division, and others were cleared of the hacking charges after an eight-month trial that exposed widespread wrongdoing at the News of the World.

Journalists there were found to have intercepted phone messages of celebrities, crime victims and politicians.

The resulting furor led Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old newspaper. His company has since made a number of payments to hacking victims.

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