Acquittals for two aging celebrities charged over allegations of sexual misconduct dating back nearly 50 years have lawyers questioning why prosecutors filed the cases in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s British unit, will learn today whether she’ll be charged with trying to cover up the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid.
The future of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office , which prosecutes Ponzi schemes and corruption, has created a rift among government leaders with some officials giving late support to its bid to remain as a stand-alone agency, according to two people familiar with the talks.
The phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers simmered for nearly five years before erupting on the national scene in July 2011 amid the discovery that journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.
News Corp. and the former private investigator who hacked phones for the News of the World tabloid were sued in Britain by a criminal-defense lawyer who newspapers said in 2007 had an affair with the country’s chief prosecutor.