Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiring to hack phones with others between 2000 and 2006.
Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all charges by the jury at the Old Bailey.
The former No 10 spin doctor, who was forced to resign as British Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications over the scandal, now faces the possibility of jail following the high-profile trial at the Old Bailey.
But the jury of eight women and three men cleared ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks of all charges.
Brooks was overcome by emotion on hearing the verdicts and was taken away by the court matron.
Retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner was also cleared of being part of a conspiracy dating back to 2000 and spanning six years.
Brooks’s former personal assistant Cheryl Carter was cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Brooks’s husband Charlie and NI director of security Mark Hanna were also cleared of perverting the course of justice.
But the jury, which has been considering verdicts since Wednesday, June 11, is still considering further charges against Coulson and former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.