Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brooks Acquitted, Coulson Guilty, In NOTW Hacking Case

The jury has rendered its verdicts in the phone hacking and conspiracy trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and several other defendants, who were accused of arranging to obtain access to voicemail messages of various persons in order to obtain information for stories for the tabloid News of the World (now defunct). The jury acquitted Ms. Brooks of all charges, but convicted Mr. Coulson of conspiracy. The trial lasted more than four months, and revealed the underside of tabloid journalism. Mr. Coulson and Clive Goodman, a former editor for News of the World, who has already served time for phone hacking.

Others acquitted included Ms. Brooks' husband Charlie and her former personal assistant, Cheryl Carter.  More here from the New York Times, here from the BBC, here from The Hollywood Reporter.

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