British PM's ex-aide will be tried again
LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson, found guilty last week of phone-hacking while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, will stand trial for a second time over alleged illegal payments, prosecutors said on Monday.
Coulson was convicted by a jury of being complicit in widespread tapping of voicemails by journalists at Murdoch's defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid after an eight-month trial.
However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on whether Coulson and the paper's former royal editor, Clive Goodman, were guilty of making illegal payments to a police officer to obtain telephone directories for Britain's royal family. They denied the accusations.
Rebekah Brooks, the ex-chief executive of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm News International who was tried on phone-hacking allegations and other crimes, was cleared on all charges.
The announcement of the retrial was made as Coulson and three other senior journalists appeared in court for a sentencing hearing.