Jury at UK phone-hacking trial discharged after failing to reach verdict on final 2 counts

LONDON – A judge has dismissed the jury at Britain’s phone-hacking trial after it failed to reach a verdict on two final counts.

Judge John Saunders officially ended the trial Wednesday after jurors said they could not agree whether former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and ex-royal editor Clive Goodman were guilty of paying police officers for royal phone directories.

On Tuesday the jury convicted Coulson of conspiring to hack phones. Ex-editor Rebekah Brooks and four others were acquitted.

Prosecutors must now decide whether to seek a retrial.