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Charges Dismissed In Hewlett-Packard Spying Case

Publication Date: 
March 14, 2007
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
Matt Richtel

The New York Times reports charges were dismissed against former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard Patricia Dunn, and quotes Professor Joseph A. Grundfest:

Joseph A. Grundfest, a professor of law and business at Stanford University, said another important factor could have been the changing political landscape. The charges against the defendants were brought by the former attorney general, Bill Lockyer, who was elected California state treasurer in November.

"The one important thing that’s changed between now and then was an election," Mr. Grundfest said. "The indictment was brought by an official on the eve of seeking election, and the dismissal and reductions of charges were brought by an official that had just been elected."