Rebekah Brooks, former head of News Corp U.K.’s publishing unit, who was charged with hacking into a dead teen’s phone, has been acquitted of charges. The scandal has been longed lived, but now the trails are coming to a close, and Brooks, herself, might breath a sigh of relief.
Two years ago, Brooks was charged with hacking into the phone of murdered Milly Dowler, a 13 year-old girl who was kidnapped in 2002. When her killer, Levi Bellfield, was convicted in 2011, News Corp, run by mogul Rupert Murdoch, ran into trouble when News of the World tried to intercept communications without lawful authority. As a result, Murdoch resigned and News of the World folded.
They didn’t manage to bring down Brooks with them, as she has been cleared of the phone hacking charges. Reuters even suggested she may go back to work for News Corp in the United States.
For months, the trail has been gripping and trying for those involved. “If what you saw was a mask, Mrs Brooks must be a witch with truly supernatural powers,” Reuters quoted her lawyer giving statements to the jury. “No human mask could withstand that amount of scrutiny without cracking.”
The jury, it seems, agreed with him.
Others involved in the trails were also cleared of charges. CNN reported that these included Brooks’ husband, her personal assistant Cheryl Carter, and retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner. However, some were not so lucky. Editor Andy Coulson was found guilty of phone hacking charges. Coulson’s conviction is a blow to Downing Street, since he was a former communications chief for the British government. “I am extremely sorry that I employed him, it was the wrong decision, and I am very clear about that,” Prime Minister David Cameron apologized. The trial is set to resume tomorrow to discuss other charges.
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