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Jurors heard about efforts to hack the telephones of Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and royal aides, as well as of senior politicians and celebrities including Paul McCartney.
The defense will try to convince jurors that Brooks and Coulson were unaware of the practice, and that as busy editors they were not individually responsible for every story.
Several celebrities whose private lives were exposed by the tabloids have already testified in the trial. Actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller recounted how their relationship — and Miller's fling with Daniel Craig — became headline news.
The private lives of Brooks and Coulson also made the front pages, when prosecutors revealed that the pair had a secret six-year affair covering a period when hacking took place. Prosecutor Andrew Edis said he was not seeking to be salacious, but disclosed details of their relationship to show that "what Mr. Coulson knew, Mrs. Brooks knew too."
CLOAK AND DAGGER
At times the evidence had touches of a spy film — or a farce.
Prosecutors used phone records, recovered emails and security-camera footage to reconstruct the day before Brooks' arrest in 2011, when they say Brooks, her husband Charles and others conspired to hide notebooks, computers and other evidence from police.
A security man hid some of the items in a garbage bag behind trash bins in the parking garage at the couple's London apartment. He then sent a text to his superior — adapting a quote from the war movie "Where Eagles Dare" — that read, "Broadsword calling Danny Boy: The pizza is delivered and the chicken is in the pot."
A cleaner found the stashed items and handed them to police.