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Lawyer Justin Walford, counsel to Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, told Britain’s media ethics inquiry that he would be surprised and shocked to learn that The Sun was guilty of illegal eavesdropping like its now-defunct sister paper, the News of the World.

"I’ve never seen anything at The Sun which has made me think that it has been happening," Walford said.

The phone-hacking scandal has engulfed the News of the World — shut down by Murdoch in July — but some alleged victims have accused other newspapers of wrongdoing, too. The Sun, Britain’s best-selling newspaper, faces a lawsuit from actor Jude Law for allegedly listening to his voice mails.

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