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Rebekah Brooks Faces Phone Hacking Charges

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Posted on Jul 24, 2012
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British authorities have decided to try eight people in the case of gutter journalism gone terribly wrong (or wrong-er). They include the woman who ran Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire in the U.K. and Andy Coulson, who was editor of News of the World from 2003 until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director until 2011.

The list is rounded out by other editors, a reporter and a private investigator.

The phone hacking scandal that has continued to haunt Murdoch erupted when journalists at his U.K. papers were accused of bribery and hacking into the voice mail systems of murdered innocents.

BBC:

Mrs Brooks will face two charges - one relating to the alleged accessing of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone messages.

Mr Coulson is also accused in relation to allegedly hacking into Milly’s phone, CPS legal adviser Alison Levitt QC said.

[...] The others facing charges are former NoW managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former assistant editor Ian Edmondson, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, former assistant editor James Weatherup and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

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—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.

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