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It wasn't the best of times to leave a comfortable career as a Big Law partner to take over the law department at News Corporation. Legal tremors had been buffeting Rupert Murdoch's media empire over a London newspaper's phone hacking scandal. Then, in early 2011, what had been tremors exploded into a full-blown earthquake. One hacking incident involving a rogue reporter had suddenly escalated into many claims, not only of hacking but of alleged bribing of police officers and of cover-ups. And the allegations scaled the corporate hierarchy to include editors and executives as well.

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