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Jul 22, 12:36 PM EDT

Ex-tabloid editor Coulson faces $234,000 phone hacking bill

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LONDON (AP) -- A former tabloid editor who also served as British Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief has been ordered to pay 150,000 pounds ($234,000) toward the costs of his trial for phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World.

Prosecutors had asked for Andy Coulson to pay 750,000 pounds.

Judge John Saunders said Coulson's "financial situation and that of his family has been seriously affected" by his legal woes, but he remained capable of earning a good living. He gave Coulson three years to pay the costs.

Coulson was jailed last year for conspiring to eavesdrop on the phones of people in the public eye. He was released in November.

Revelation of the phone hacking in 2011 led owner Rupert Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World.

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