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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson face new trial on hacking charges

Former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson leaves the Old Bailey courthouse in London June 24, 2014. A jury at London's Old Bailey court cleared Rebekah Brooks unanimously but found Andy Coulson guilty of conspiring to intercept messages to break news about royalty, celebrities and victims of crime.


Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and former royal reporter Clive Goodman will face a retrial on charges stemming from the phone hacking case.

Prosecutors have accused them of paying police officers to obtain royal phone directories so they could hack into the mobile phones of royal aides.

The retrial was announced Monday at the start of a sentencing hearing for Coulson, who was convicted last week of other phone hacking charges.

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The jury in that case failed to reach a decision on two of the charges against Coulson — a former top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron — and Goodman.

Ex-editor Rebekah Brooks and others were cleared of the hacking charges.

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