Phone-Hacking trial date is set

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September 26, 2012 by newsgetting

LONDON. The trial of former News Corp. NWSA -1.47% employees facing charges of conspiracy to intercept communications and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice has been slated to start at London’s Central Criminal Court in nearly a year’s time. Rebekah Brooks leaves the Old Bailey on Wednesday in London. The court set the trial date for Sept. 9, 2013, during a hearing Wednesday attended by former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit, News International. The proceedings encompass two sets of charges. Under the first set, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Coulson, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, four former News of the World editors and a former chief reporter for the tabloid have been accused of conspiring to intercept communications, a practice commonly known as phone hacking. Under the second set of charges, Ms. Brooks has been accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice in relation to the police’s phone-hacking probe. She has been charged alongside her husband, horse trainer Charlie Brooks, her personal assistant, her chauffeur and three men who oversaw or provided security for News International. The defendants appeared at the court on Wednesday and spoke only to confirm their names. Mr. Mulcaire didn’t speak to confirm his name because he arrived late to the hearing. Mr. and Ms. Brooks and Mr. Coulson have all in the past denied wrongdoing and said they would fight the charges. Some but not all of the other defendants have also issued written public statements denying wrong doing. None has entered pleas. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12.

By Wall Street Journal

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