Brooks Charged With Phone Hacking

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Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International leaves the High Court in London after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, Friday, May 11, 2012. The Leveson Inquiry is Britain's media ethics probe that was set up in the wake of the scandal over phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, which was shut in July 2011 after it became clear that the tabloid had systematically broken the law.

Former News of the World editor and News International chief Rebekah Brooks was formally charged Thursday with conspiring to hack into phones. Brooks is charged with three counts for her involvement in several incidents of phone hacking that took place over a six-year period. The most damning allegations link Brooks to the hacking of murdered teen Milly Dowler’s voicemail in the days after she disappeared in 2002. The formal charges are the latest of Brooks’ woes. She’s already been charged with obstructing the investigation into her role in the scandal plaguing Rupert Murdoch’s empire. Six other News of the World journalists have also been charged.