News Corp. Hacking Trial Set for Next Year

    Andy Coulson, second left, the ex-communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron, leaves after his phone hacking case at the Old Bailey court in the City of London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.  Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British newspapers, learned Wednesday that they will face trial next September over allegations linked to phone hacking.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Two of Rupert Murdoch’s former senior executives gathered at a central London courthouse Wednesday only to hear from the judge that their trial over phone-hacking charges won’t take place for a whole year. The two onetime execs were joined by five journalists and a private investigator, also accused of involvement with the hacking scandal—all of whom simply confirmed their identities at Wednesday’s hearing and then went on their way. After he left News of the World, Andy Coulson, one of the accused former executives, was hired as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director, sparking questions about Cameron’s judgment. 

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