Former adviser to UK leader sentenced in phone-hacking case

July 5, 2014 5:30 AM

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Former adviser to UK leader sentenced in phone-hacking case

LONDON — A judge on Friday sentenced Andy Coulson, a former senior editor in Rupert Murdoch’s news empire and a onetime adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, to 18 months in prison for his part in the phone-hacking scandal that convulsed Britain’s press, police, and political elite and inspired calls for tighter regulation of journalists.

After a trial that spanned almost eight months, Coulson was found guilty last week on a charge of conspiring to intercept phone messages.

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