Andy Coulson Pleads Not Guilty to Hacking Charges
Andy Coulson, the former editor of News Corp. (NWSA)’s News of the World tabloid, pleaded not guilty to phone hacking and conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office charges at a U.K. court today.
Coulson, 45, entered the pleas at a court in London today. He pleaded not guilty to one charge of conspiring with others to intercept voice-mail messages between Oct. 3, 2000, and Aug. 9, 2006. He also pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
The charges stem from separate London police investigations into phone hacking and alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, yesterday pleaded not guilty yesterday to phone hacking, conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Two other former News of the World journalists, Stuart Kuttner and James Weatherup, also pleaded not guilty to phone-hacking charges yesterday.
A third, Clive Goodman, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Goodman was charge in the same count as Coulson.
A three-month trial is scheduled for September.
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