Rebekah Brooks found not guilty in phone-hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks found not guilty in phone-hacking trial
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Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in Britain, was acquitted this morning of four charges in a now-infamous phone-hacking trial. However, her deputy Andy Coulson, who was once head of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was found guilty of at least one charge for "conspiracy to intercept mobile phone calls and messages," The New York Times reports.

The jury reached its verdict after a week of deliberation and a 130-day trial. One of Murdoch's holdings, the tabloid News of the World, was closed because of the scandal.

Brooks and Coulson were two of seven defendants in the trial. While the remaining five, in addition to Brooks, were acquitted, the jury is considering further charges against Coulson for "paying police officers for access to royal telephone directories."

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