Three Journalists Plead Guilty in U.K. Tabloid Phone-Hacking Trial

Prosecution opened the high-profile trial Wednesday

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Former News of the World national newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks, accompanied by her husband Charlie Brooks, left, leaves the Central Criminal Court in London, Monday, Oct. 28.

Three former staffers at the now shuttered News of the World tabloid have pleaded guilty to charges of phone hacking, according to prosecutor Andrew Edis.

Ex-news editor Greg Miskiw, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup have entered guilty pleas in the hi-profile case against journalists from the the now-defunct publication owned by Rupert Murdoch, the Associated Press reports.

The reporters, along with ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, faced charges of hacking into phones and voicemails of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime. Prosecution began Wednesday, the BBC reports, and the proceedings are expected to last until next spring.