After a week of deliberations a jury has found Rebekah Brooks, a former top lieutenant of News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, not guilty of phone hacking and other charges, The New York Times reports.
Former tabloid editor Andy Coulson, who once headed communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was found guilty on at least one count, the story adds.
The verdicts came after the phone hacking scandal at News Corp. “shook the British police, news media and political elite and forced the closure of a leading Murdoch Sunday tabloid, The News of the World,” The Times notes.
The story reports: “Ms. Brooks was cleared of phone hacking and three other charges, including seeking to obstruct justice. Reporters in the courtroom said she was overcome by emotion when the verdict was read and was led away by a court official.”
Brooks and Coulson were among seven defendants charged with various offenses involving phone hacking and perverting justice.
"The 130-day trial, tense and at times tawdry, has given a rare view of the inner workings of British tabloid journalism and of the systematic eavesdropping on the mobile phones of celebrities, members of the royal family and ordinary people who find themselves in the news," the story reports. "Mr. Coulson was the only person among the seven who was found guilty of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone calls and messages."