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

By James Doleman |

June 30, 2014 | 2 min read

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.

Court: Andy Coulson

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.

Court: Andy Coulson

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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