Brooks and Coulson in court for phone hacking

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two of the most senior former executives at newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, appeared at a courthouse in London on Wednesday, facing charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Five other journalists and a private investigator are also accused of various charges. The judge set Sept. 9, 2013 as the date for a full trial.

Brooks was a senior editor and once the chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspaper outpost. Coulson was the then-editor of News of the World tabloid, then became Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications.

They are both free on bail.