Hacked UK police blogger wins damages from Times

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 5:30 am •  Published: October 9, 2012

However, in public statements since and in testimony before an official inquiry into media ethics, senior Times managers admitted that one of their reporters had accessed Horton's account.

The media ethics inquiry, headed by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, was set up to deal with phone hacking at Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World and other media misdeeds. The top-selling Sunday tabloid had spent years routinely eavesdropping on the voicemails of celebrities, politicians, sports stars and other public figures in an effort to stay ahead of its competitors.

The scandal has led to dozens of arrests and prosecutions. It also prompted resignations from some of Murdoch's key lieutenants and three top police officials. The inquiry is expected to issue a report on its findings next month.