Three Former Murdoch Journalists Pleaded Guilty to Phone Hacking

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The trial of ex–News of the World bosses Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, among other top associates of Rupert Murdoch, began today with the news that three people have already admitted guilt in earlier undisclosed hearings. The eight defendants in this case still face an array of charges for hacking, bribery, and coverups. Court proceedings could last up to six months and threaten to further embarrass the company.