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Police Watchdog: UK Authorities Used Poor Judgment In Phone Hacking Scandal

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Image from a quicklink Senior members of Scotland Yard showed poor judgment in their handling of Britain's phone hacking scandal, the country's police watchdog said Thursday, in a further indictment of the U.K.'s most important police force.

The watchdog said senior officers in the London police force broke the rules when they hired former tabloid executive Neil Wallis to help run public relations and helped Wallis's daughter get a job.

Wallis was one of the first people arrested in the scandal over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World newspaper. His close ties to Scotland Yard -- which long refused to properly investigate the practice -- have badly dented the prestigious police force's reputation.

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