Ex-Murdoch editor Coulson not party to hacking -court


LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister DavidCameron's former media chief Andy Coulson, on trial accused ofphone-hacking offences, admits things went wrong under his watchat the News of the World but did not commit any crimes, hislawyer said on Monday.

Coulson, who edited the Rupert Murdoch Sunday tabloid andwas later Cameron's head of communications until 2011, was neverparty to any phone-hacking, lawyer Timothy Langdale told thejury at the Old Bailey, England's central criminal court.

"He recognised that and resigned as editor. He wished he hadmade some different decisions and although he might wish he hadmade some different decisions he did not commit these offences,"Langdale said.

Coulson is accused of conspiracy to hack phones andconspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office byauthorising payment to a police officer for telephonedirectories of members of Britain's royal household.

He is on trial with Rebekah Brooks, the former head ofMurdoch's British newspaper arm News International, and sixothers.

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