Andy Coulson, Clive Goodman Retrial Set to Start June 29

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The phone-hacking trial jury last year failed to reach a verdict on charges that they conspired to pay public officials for royal phone directories.

A retrial of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and former royal editor Clive Goodman will start on June 29, the Telegraph and other British media reported on Thursday.

The prosecution in the phone-hacking trial said last year that it would seek a retrial on two bribery counts related to royal phone directories. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service announced the new trial after a jury failed to reach a verdict on the two charges that they conspired to pay public officials, namely palace cops, for the directories.

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The retrial is a matter of right, and the prosecution didn't need to ask permission from anyone to proceed. In a hearing on Thursday, the judge set June 29 as the starting date for the trial.

Last year, Coulson was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to hack phones. He spent less than five months in prison after getting an 18-month sentence. He was released in November.

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