A judge dismissed the jury at Britain's phone-hacking trial on Wednesday after it failed to reach a verdict on two final counts, one day after convicting a former editor of hacking. Judge John Saunders ended the trial after jurors said they could not agree whether former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and ex-royal editor Clive Goodman were guilty of paying police officers for royal phone directories.
On Tuesday the jury unanimously convicted Coulson, who served as Prime Minister David Cameron's spin doctor between 2007 and 2011, of conspiring to hack phones. Ex-editor Rebekah Brooks and four others were acquitted. Prosecutors said they would announce Monday whether they would seek a retrial. The trial — one of the longest and most expensive in British history — was triggered by revelations that the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World had routinely eavesdropped on the voicemails of politicians, celebrities and others.
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