- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A state judge yesterday dropped all charges against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who was accused of fraud in the boardroom spying scheme that rocked one of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies.

Three other defendants in the case also will avoid jail time after their lawyers entered no contest pleas yesterday to misdemeanor charges of fraudulent wire communications in Santa Clara Superior Court.

Judge Ray E. Cunningham did not immediately accept the pleas by former HP ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker and private investigators Ronald DeLia and Matthew DePante and said the charges against them will also be dropped in September after they complete 96 hours of community service and make restitution.

State prosecutors announced earlier yesterday that Mrs. Dunn and the three other defendants had agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges and that she would be spared community service because of her health. She revealed last year that she was being treated for advanced ovarian cancer.

But the office of Attorney General Jerry Brown later said that release was incorrect. Lawyers for Mrs. Dunn and the other defendants said the deal with the state called for case to be dismissed.

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