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Hewlett-Packard Hearings: It’s Fifth Amendment All Around

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The first panel is at the witness table before the House committee looking into the leak investigation at Hewlett-Packard. The star witness is resigned-as-of-this-morning general counsel Ann Baskins (pictured left). Or she would be the star if she didn’t take the Fifth Amendment. Each witness declined to make an opening statement, a sure sign they will invoke their fifth amendment rights.
And sure enough, starting with Baskins, that’s exactly what they are doing. As the committee chair asks them a question about their actions in connection with the investigation, they each invoke the fifth amendment, confirm that they intend to invoke the fifth amendment to any questions asked and then are released from the committee.
Baskins, however, actually answered one question, confirming that she had resigned from Hewlett-Packard.
Next panel please!
[Next Up: Dunn, Sonsini and Adler. Prediction: No Fifth Amendment here. Pattie will come out swinging against board room leaks.]