Murdoch Scion Resigns Amid Phone Hacking Fallout

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 3:34 PM EST) -- News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch stepped down Wednesday as executive chairman of the company's News International publishing arm, days after British police announced they had widened a probe into allegations of bribery at the media conglomerate.

Murdoch, who has faced scrutiny over the extent of his knowledge that News International journalists allegedly engaged in phone hacking in order to glean scoops for News of the World and the media group's other publications, said in a statement that he would leave the U.K. publishing...
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