HP Defendants Sidestep Jail

Law360, New York (March 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Former Hewlett-Packard Co. chair Patricia Dunn and three other defendants tied to the boardroom spying scandal at the Silicon Valley computer company will not head to jail for their involvement in the scheme, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Dunn, former HP ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker and private investigators Ronald DeLia and Matthew Depante were each expected to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor count of fraudulent wire communications at a hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday.

But in a surprise turnaround, Dunn did not...
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