Phone-hacking trial: Verdict awaited as jury deliberations reach third day

The trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, the prime minister's former director of communications Andy Coulson and six others began at the Old Bailey on 28 October. The Drum will be in court for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last at least four months, and will provide comprehensive updates on this blog.

The trial is scheduled to examine seven counts that include conspiracy to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Coverage will be provided by James Doleman, who was acclaimed for his exhaustive and responsible reporting of the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial.

The jury at the "phone-hacking trial" were sworn in again this morning to continue their consideration of verdicts on Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and six others on charges of conspiring to illegally intercept communications, corrupt public officials and pervert the course of justice.

The fate of Brooks, former CEO of News International and Coulson, who was director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party, now rests in the hands of nine women and two men, who like all juries at London's Old Bailey were randomly selected from the electoral register.

As journalists from around the world await the verdict, of which there will be only 15 minutes' notice, the court's public restaurant increasingly resembles an impromptu newsroom as the reporters work on their background pieces and discuss possible outcomes.

The Drum will be in court until the verdict is announced and, guilty or innocent, will be providing full analysis of the result and the stories we could not publish while the case was in progress.

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