Second U.K. Top Cop Resigns

    Phone hacking claims. File photo dated 09/07/2009 of Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who has expressed his "extreme regret" that he did not act to reopen police inquiries into phone hacking two years ago. Issue date: Saturday July 9, 2011. Despite fresh allegations that thousands of public figures had been targeted, Assistant Commissioner John Yates ruled in July 2009 that there was no new evidence. See PA story POLITICS Hacking Yates. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire URN:11166135 (Press Association via AP Images)

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    Another domino falls. John Yates, the deputy commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police (also known as Scotland Yard), has resigned after facing criticism that he didn’t properly investigate phone-hacking allegations at News of the World. Yates made the call in 2009 not to reopen a probe of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid, and his judgment has been called into question lately as new evidence of corruption mounts. Yates has also been called to the House of Commons to “clarify” previous testimony. His resignation follows that of Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson, who also quit over his ties to the scandal.

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