Three Former Murdoch Journalists Pleaded Guilty to Phone Hacking

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey for the phone-hacking conspiracy trial on October 30, 2013 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to phone hacking celebrities and those in the news at the now-defunct newspaper.
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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.