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Literally breaking news. Verdicts are coming in. Most verdicts in the cases appear to be not guilty, including Rebekah Brooks not guilty of phone hacking. 7 defendants faced 13 charges.

Some verdicts have yet to be given including the charge of misconduct in public office against Coulson, the former editor of News of the World and aide to Prime Minister Cameron who has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones.

The jury was unable to reach unanimous verdicts on two more charges against Coulson and Clive Goodman and the judge has instructed that they may return majority 10-1 verdicts (they will now resume their considerations). These involve corrupt payments in connection with obtaining royal telephone directories from a serving police officer. The jury had lost one member "for personal reasons".

Other defendants have already pled guilty to charges involved in phone hacking (or "conspiracy to intercept mobile phone communications" in the parlance.)

The guilty verdicts appear to be centered on the story resulting from listening to the voicemail of murdered teenager Millie Dowler. That led to the previously full voicemail becoming available for new messages and giving the Dowler family false hopes that she was safe.

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