1. SMOKING GUN

    James Murdoch Close to Charges

    Miguel Villagran

    U.S. attorneys say James Murdoch, the son of Rupert Murdoch and one of the top dogs at embattled News International, which has been accused of various phone-hacking misconducts, said charges against him are close after a stunning admission Monday. Murdoch sent a letter to the media committee of Parliament saying that he was warned in writing about the alleged hacking three years ago, though he claimed he did not read the email closely. Thomas Fox, a lawyer based in Texas, said "it puts him more squarely in the firing line," and Jeffrey Grell, a law expert on the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization Act, said a jury will likely not believe that he didn't read the whole email.

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