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Former tabloid editor beats one charge in hacking trial

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LONDON — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted today of one charge at Britain’s phone hacking trial as she began her defense against four more.

Her lawyer told jurors that Brooks was “not on trial for having worked for Rupert Murdoch’s company.”

Judge John Saunders ruled that there was “no case for Mrs. Brooks to answer” to a charge that she illegally paid an official for a picture of Prince William in a bikini.

Saunders said…

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