Britain Phone Hacking

July 28, 2011 - 11:44 AM
Lord Justice Leveson speaks during the first formal session of his phone hacking inquiry in London, Thursday July 28, 2011. Justice Brian Leveson said he has the legal power to demand evidence from witnesses - and plans to use it "as soon as possible." The inquiry was announced earlier this month by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of a scandal over illegal eavesdropping that has closed down the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid and shaken Rupert Murdoch's global media empire. Leveson's 7-member panel includes a veteran newspaper reporter, a former police chief, a civil liberties activist and a broadcast journalist, and they will begin public hearings in September. (AP Photo/Sean Dempsey, pool)