LONDON — 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 centring on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire.
A jury at London’s Old Bailey unanimously found Coulson, the former spin doctor of British 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.
Ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, her husband and four others have been charged with alleged perversion of justice in the phone hacking scandal that has shaken the Rupert Murdoch media empire.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
News Corporation is making efforts to receive as high as possible payout from the $139 settlement of the litigation, which alleged that executives have damaged investors by giving to its chair Rupert Murdoch the right to use the company as “his personal fiefdom”, reported Financial Times.