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Rebekah Brooks Charged in Phone-Hacking Scandal

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, has been officially charged with obstructing a police investigation of the phone-hacking scandal that ultimately shut down News of the World.

Brooks, her husband, personal assistant, and driver, have all been charged with “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice,” for plotting to remove boxes of documents and computers from News International’s offices, to hide them from police. The charge, which she claims is “weak and unjust,” carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and is part of the larger phone-hacking and police-bribery investigation.

Brooks is charged with three counts; 40 other people are waiting to hear whether police recommend charges against them.