Rebekah Brooks Charged

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks leave the High Court after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards on May 11, 2012 in London, England. Mrs Brooks, the former Chief Executive of News International and editor of the Sun and News of the World newspapers was questioned on her alleged close links with Prime Minister David Cameron.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s onetime deputy, as chief of News International, was officially charged on Tuesday with “perverting justice” in the wide-reaching phone-hacking scandal. Also charged was her husband, Charlie Brooks; the two issued a statement calling the charges a “weak and unjust decision.” Brooks, 43, was editor of the now-defunct tabloid News of the World when reporters from the paper allegedly hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. In addition to hacking, Brooks has been linked to allegations of payments to police in an attempt to cover up the hacking, and many have questioned her close relationship with those in government, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

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