Jury Sworn in for U.K. Phone Hacking Trial

Andy Coulson Phone Hacking Trial
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Trial start delayed until Wednesday afternoon local time

LONDON — The jury of nine women and three men at the U.K. phone-hacking trial were sworn in Tuesday.

The judge, Mr Justice Saunders, warned them not to discuss the case with anyone except each other, and not to comment about the case on social media.

“In this case in a way not only are the defendants on trial, but British justice is on trial,” he said. “It is absolutely vital that you decide this case solely on the evidence and the arguments that you hear in court.”

He ruled that the trial will not start until 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday to give the defense more time to prepare.

Two former News Corp execs, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, face charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Brooks was editor of two of Murdoch’s U.K. tabloids, The Sun and The News of the World, and later was chief exec of News International, which controlled Murdoch’s U.K. newspaper empire.

Coulson was editor of The News of the World, and later became the U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications.

There are six other defendants on trial.

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