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Murdoch Insider Brooks Charged in Phone-Hacking Case

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Posted on May 15, 2012
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Rebekah Brooks is accused of conspiring with others, including her husband, to conceal material from detectives.

Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the ongoing investigation into corruption and phone-hacking within Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. —ARK

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Brooks is accused of conspiring with others, including her husband, a racehorse trainer and friend of the prime minister, and her personal assistant, to conceal material from detectives.

Brooks and her husband were informed of the charging decision – the first since the start of the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation last January – when they answered their bail at a police station in London on Tuesday morning.

They are among six individuals from News International, along with the company’s head of security, Mark Hanna, to be charged over allegations that they removed material, documents and computers to hide them from officers investigating phone hacking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life, although the average term served in prison is 10 months.

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By Maani, May 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

carl:

Actually, it already is.  I have read reliable news reports that Ailes and Fox are, in fact, hunkering down and preparing for the investigation to move west.

Peace.

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By PatrickHenry, May 16, 2012 at 3:27 am Link to this comment

From life in prison to 10 months sentence, now there’s a spread.

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By carl quinlan, May 15, 2012 at 11:48 am Link to this comment
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Just curious how long before this scandal spreads over here to Roger Ailes, Fox, etc. Or will it?
It seems politicians (up to and including the POTUS) are scared of Fox. Are there any prosecutors brave enough in this country to investigate our fair & balanced friends?

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