Former tabloid editor says she feels vindicated by acquittal

Rebekah Brooks seen leaving the Old Bailey after being cleared of all charges on June 24, 2014 in London, England. Former government Director of Communications and News of The World editor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones after an eight month trial at the Old Bailey. Rebekah Brooks, former editor and News International Chief Executive has been found not guilty of all charges against her. The charges of phone hacking were brought by numerous celebrities and members of the public against the media company and forced the closure of the News of the World newspaper.  (John Phillips, Getty Images)
Rebekah Brooks seen leaving the Old Bailey after being cleared of all charges on June 24, 2014 in London, England. Former government Director of Communications and News of The World editor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones after an eight month trial at the Old Bailey. Rebekah Brooks, former editor and News International Chief Executive has been found not guilty of all charges against her. The charges of phone hacking were brought by numerous celebrities and members of the public against the media company and forced the closure of the News of the World newspaper. (John Phillips, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/26 12:15 pm

LONDON (AP) — Former editor Rebekah Brooks said Wednesday that she is innocent of phone hacking and other crimes, and feels vindicated by a jury's unanimous decision to acquit her this week.

The former News of the World editor made her first public statement since being cleared this week of conspiring to hack phones, bribe officials and obstruct police.

Standing Thursday beside her husband Charles — who was also acquitted — Brooks said the last few years "have been tough." She said "I have learned some valuable lessons and hopefully I am the wiser for it."

Brooks said she would offer support to former colleagues who still face charges.

Dozens of journalists have been arrested since the revelation that Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World eavesdropped on the voicemails of thousands of people, including celebrities like actor Daniel Craig.

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