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Phone-hacking trial: Jury fail to reach verdict on final charge, trial resumes tommorrow

By James Doleman |

June 24, 2014 | 3 min read

Just after 5.45pm the 11 remaining members of the jury at the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson told the court they had failed to reach a verdict on a charge that former News of the World editor Coulson conspired with the newspaper's then Royal editor Clive Goodman to commit misconduct in a public office. Coulson, now sitting alone in the large glass-fronted dock, remained expressionless as the presiding judge, Mr Justice Saunders, dismissed the jury for the night.

Despite the verdict, Coulson, who rose from being a showbusiness reporter to editor of Britain's biggest selling newspaper, now faces a prison sentence for conspiring with others to illegally intercept voicemails. The conviction of the former government communications director has already raised a political storm and led to an unprecedented apology from the Prime Minister David Cameron who said in a brief statement: "I'm extremely sorry I employed him, it was the wrong decision." However, Ed Milliband, the leader of the opposition, rejected the apology saying: "I think David Cameron has very very serious questions to answer because we now know he brought a criminal into the heart of Downing Street," adding: "we now know he put his relationship with Rupert Murdoch ahead of doing the right thing".

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