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Sun journalists face retrial as jury fails to reach verdicts on bribery charges


LONDON — A British jury has failed to reach a verdict at the trial of four journalists from the tabloid Sun accused of bribing police and public officials for scoops.

Jurors announced Thursday after 49 hours of deliberations that they could not agree on verdicts against head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman.

Prosecutors said they would seek a retrial.

Two other defendants were acquitted last week.

Many senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers have been arrested as part of a sprawling probe into alleged tabloid wrongdoing. Several have been acquitted, including former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks.

The defendants denied all the charges and claimed they were "fed to the wolves" by parent company News International after the phone-hacking scandal.

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