Rebekah Brooks gave victim’s mother a cell phone that News of the World eavesdropped on

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The Guardian reports that police have evidence to suggest that a News of the World private investigator accessed the voicemail (“hacked,” as we’ve taken to calling it) of Sara Payne, the mother of an 8-year-old girl who was murdered in 2000. “The evidence that police have found … is believed to relate to a phone given to Payne by [Rebekah] Brooks as a gift to help her stay in touch with her supporters,” Nick Davies and Amelia Hill report. In the wake of the crime, the tabloid championed the creation of “Sarah’s Law” (named after the girl), which would give parents of young children access to sex-offender registries. “Believing that she had not been a target for hacking,” the Guardian reports, “Payne wrote a farewell column for the paper’s final edition on 10 July, referring to its staff as ‘my good and trusted friends.’” || Job hunt: Former News of the World staffers can choose from jobs abroad, including in Siberia. || Related: How this is a story of corporate corruption; issues of corporate governance are intertwined with Rupert Murdoch himself.

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