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No U.S. Prosecution For Rupert Murdoch's Phone Hacking

Rupert Murdoch and his network have escaped prosecution for their phone hacking escapades.
No U.S. Prosecution For Rupert Murdoch's Phone Hacking

No prosecution for corrupt, nasty conservative men who have no problem eavesdropping to get stories, I guess.

When you have the big bucks to pay the army of lawyers, trivial things like invading people's privacy just doesn't register on the injustice scale.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation will not face any charges in the US in relation to phone hacking and payments to public officials by News of the World journalists in the UK, the company said.

“News Corporation was notified by the United States Department of Justice that it has completed its investigation of voicemail interception and payments to public officials in London and is declining to prosecute the company or 21st Century Fox,” the company said in a regulatory filing.

The company had faced the threat of an investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which bans US companies from attempting to bribe foreign officials.

Gerson Zweifach, general counsel for both News Corp and 21st Century Fox, Murdoch’s film and TV business, said: “We are grateful that this matter has been concluded and acknowledge the fairness and professionalism of the Department of Justice throughout this investigation.”

It is understood there has been no background settlement with the Department of Justice in order to avoid a full-blown investigation, contrary to speculation in New York over a year ago that the company was looking at a possible payment of over $850m.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) said: “Based upon the information known to the Justice Department at this time, it has closed its investigation into News Corp regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act concerning bribes allegedly paid for news leads. If additional information or evidence should be made available in the future, the Department reserves the right to reopen the inquiry.”


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