Former Hewlett Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn has been cleared of all charges from HP’s investigation into boardroom leaks. The judge in the case dismissed all California charges against Dunn because of Dunn’s current battle with cancer, but federal prosecutors could still file their own charges against her. Four other defendants in the boardroom scandal have pled guilty to misdemeanor charges and will be given community service.
Dunn herself will receive no community service. She and other board members hired private investigators to discover the source of boardroom leaks to journalists. The investigators accessed private phone records of suspected board members and journalists, but Dunn claimed that she was not privy to the specific tactics used by the investigators.
One of the investigators, Bryan Wagner, pled guilty last January to federal charges of conspiracy and identity theft.