Arrests and resignations continue in News Corp scandal

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It has been another another weekend of unbelievable twists and turns in the News Corporation phone-hacking scandal. On Friday, Les Hinton, chairman of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal and a decades-long News Corporation employee, resigned hours after Rebekah Brooks, News International’s chief executive, also stepped down.

On Sunday, Brooks was arrested. A few hours later Britain’s top police officer, Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Paul Stephenson resigned over his connections to the scandal. Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch has been apologizing to hacking victims, including the family of murdered school girl Milly Dowler.

This morning, reports have surfaced that U.S. Department of Justice is working with the UK Serious Fraud Office on how to investigate allegations of bribery. Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, it is illegal for an American corporation to bribe foreign officials.

On Tuesday, both James and Rupert Murdoch are due to appear before Parliament to answer questions about what they knew about the actions of their journalists.


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