Phone-hacking trial: Andy Coulson will be retried on remaining charges

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.

At the Old Bailey this morning former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was told he will face a retrial on two charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Coulson was convicted last week of being involved in the illegal interception of voicemails but the jury could not agree a verdict on the misconduct charges.

The prosecution alleged that Coulson and then News of the World Royal editor Clive Goodman conspired to purchase Royal telephone directories from unknown police officers based on a series of emails in which Goodman and Coulson discussed paying "Royal coppers" for the books.

Coulson's defence argued that their client was aware that Goodman was exaggerating his sources and never believed there were any police officers being paid.

Coulson is facing up to two years in prison when he is sentenced for phone-hacking on Friday. He also faces possible legal action in Scotland over testimony he gave at the trial of socialist politician Tommy Sheridan.

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