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Hacking trial ends with hung jury

on June 26, 2014 10:15 AM

LONDON — A British jury Wednesday failed to reach a verdict on additional charges against Andy Coulson, a former editor in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and onetime top adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, who was found guilty a day earlier of phone hacking.

Coulson, 46, was the only person convicted Tuesday after a seven-month trial covering what one defendant called hacking on “an industrial scale” at News of the World, a Sunday tabloid that Murdoch closed down after the scandal erupted in July 2011.

Along with Clive Goodman, a former royals reporter at News of the World, Coulson was also facing two charges relating to corrupt payments to police officers in return for royal telephone directories. But, after deliberating on the charges, the jury failed to reach a verdict and a judge discharged the panel. It was not immediately clear whether Coulson and Goodman would face a retrial.

— New York Times News Service

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