The British police officer who ruled two years ago that there was no reason to reopen an investigation into phone hacking by journalists resigned Monday, the Metropolitan Police announced.
Assistant Commissioner John Yates - who has since called his decision on the probe "crap" - is the second top member of London police to resign over the scandal plaguing Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson quit Sunday.
Stephenson stressed that he had behaved ethically, but said he decided to resign because increased scrutiny connected to the case would burden his department and detract from its accomplishments.
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