That didn’t take long: News Corp says this morning that it will no longer pay the legal fees for Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator that News Of The World hired to hack into people’s cell phones. The company says its management and standards committee met today and decided to “terminate the arrangement” to pay for Mulcaire’s lawyers “with immediate effect.” The decision comes one day after News Corp Deputy COO James Murdoch told a parliamentary committee that he was “as surprised as you are” to discover that his company was footing the bills for Mulcaire, who served a six-month sentence in 2007 for phone hacking. Murdoch added while he would ”like to” stop paying for Mulcaire, ”I don’t know the status of what we are doing now or what his contract was.”

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