British tabloid editor convicted of phone hacking

LONDON (AP) — 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 centering on illegal activity at the
heart of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire.
A jury on Tuesday unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to 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.
The nearly eight-month trial was triggered by revelations that for years the News of the World used
illegal eavesdropping to get stories, listening in on the voicemails of celebrities, politicians and
even crime victims.
Three others — Brooks’ husband Charles Brooks, her former secretary Cheryl Carter and News International
security chief Mark Hanna — were acquitted of perverting the course of justice by attempting to hide
evidence from police.