A California judge dismissed charges against former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia "Pattie Cake" Dunn, her lawyer said today. The charges stemmed from a corporate spying scandal that arose last year and led to her ouster. Dunn and others were accused of authorizing an investigation that involved a controversial practice known as "pretexting" to obtain the phone records of journalists and HP board member.
Earlier today it had been reported in several media outlets--the New York Times, AP, CNN--that Dunn would plead guilty. The California state attorney general was apparently the source of these reports. We'd put up links but they are disappearing faster than a bull in a sub-prime mortgage shop.
Here's the press release from James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Patricia Dunn's lead attorney.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- James Brosnahan of Morrison &
Foerster, lead counsel for former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn,
today announced that all charges against Ms. Dunn have been dismissed by
"We have maintained from the beginning that Pattie Dunn was innocent
and thus vigorously fought the charges against her. Today, the judge
dismissed the case. Ms. Dunn did not plead to anything. This is the right
result," stated Mr. Brosnahan.
"We had numerous discussions with the California Attorney General's
office and appreciate very much that the administration of the new Attorney
General decided to allow the judge to dismiss the case against Pattie
Dunn," he added.
Ms. Dunn stated, "I am pleased that this matter has been resolved
fairly, and want to express my deep gratitude to my husband and family, who
never lost faith in me throughout this ordeal. I have been strengthened by
wonderful support during this difficult time -- both from my dear friends
and from people I have never met. I have always had faith that the truth
would win out and justice would be served -- and it has been."