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H-P's Dunn Enters No Plea, Charges Dismissed 156

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GogglesPisano writes "CNN earlier reported that former HP chairwoman Patricia Dunn would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent wire communications stemming from her involvement in last year's corporate eavesdropping scandal. The story was later amended after charges again st Dunn were dropped. The original charges, four felony counts, were reduced to misdemeanors in exchange for a plea bargain. Her three co-defendants are expected to receive 96 hours of community service; in Dunn's case this sentence is likely to be waived due to illness." Update: 03/15 02:21 GMT by KD : The prosecutor in the case issued a correction to the eariler pronouncement that Dunn would plead guilty to a misdemeanor. "At court today, Patricia Dunn did not enter any plea in response to the misdemeanor count, and the court exercised its discretion by dismissing the case against her," the revised statement said.
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H-P's Dunn Enters No Plea, Charges Dismissed

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  • Wrong (Score:3, Informative)

    by terrymr (316118) <terrymr@gmai l . c om> on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @05:12PM (#18354183)
    According to TFA the court dismissed the charges against Dunn - do the submitters not read the TFA either ?
  • Sickness (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @05:12PM (#18354191)
    From Wikipedia:
    "Dunn has survived breast cancer and melanoma, and was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in January 2004. Chemotherapy treatment led to remission until August 2006, when she underwent surgery to remove liver metastases. Dunn was scheduled to start chemotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer on 6 October 2006 at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center."
  • by Radon360 (951529) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @05:17PM (#18354245)

    She didn't plead guilty, the charges were dropped. From TFA:


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A state judge in California Wednesday dropped the charges against ex-Hewlett-Packard chair Patricia Dunn, who was accused of wire fraud in the company's boardroom spying scandal.

    Earlier today the California Attorney General's office issued an incorrect press release stating that defendants would enter guilty pleas to the wire fraud charges.
  • Re:Wrong (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @05:17PM (#18354255)
    The prosecutor's office press release was wrong, the AP reported on that and everyone ran with it. The AP story has now been corrected, so in this case, the submitter should be given some leeway.
  • Here's why (Score:3, Informative)

    by gcnaddict (841664) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @05:22PM (#18354335)
    http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/14/technology/hpq/ind ex.htm?cnn=yes [cnn.com]

    "Earlier today the California Attorney General's office issued an incorrect press release stating that defendants would enter guilty pleas to the wire fraud charges."
  • Re:Wrong (Score:5, Informative)

    by GogglesPisano (199483) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @05:32PM (#18354493)
    Yes, I did read the article.

    In the roughly three hours that elapsed between the time that I submitted the story and the time that it appeared on the Slashdot front page, there were apparently further developments in the story and the article on CNN was changed.

    I refer you to the (modified) CNN article:

    Earlier today the California Attorney General's office issued an incorrect press release stating that defendants would enter guilty pleas to the wire fraud charges.
  • by Dun Malg (230075) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:09PM (#18357363) Homepage

    Medical marijuana is a pain killer, not a cure for anything. So there is never going to be a situation where marijuana is the only thing keeping someone alive. Bad comparison.
    No, you're just an idiot pulling ignorance out of his ass. The analgesic effect of THC is secondary. The primary benefit is its anti-nausea effect. It can make the difference between a chemo patient being able to eat vs. not being able to keep anything down and slowly starving and weakening on a glucose drip.
  • by owlstead (636356) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @09:15AM (#18360791)
    I've read the article you pointed to, and it is made pretty clear she has not been prosecuted, arrested or imprissoned. She may not, according to the law, smoke dope legally, but the chances that she will be prosecuted are nill. Even the persons giving her the dope do not seem to have problems continuing to get the *medical* marihuana to her.

    In other words, your article purposefully mangles the fact and should be modded as troll. Currently I can only mod you one down, but I hope this response will get the article the 0 troll rating it deserves. No one doubts that there is a lot of hypocrasy in the US, but this does not seem to be a good example of that fact.

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