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Withdrawn Cases Still Achieve Goals

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2007
Source: 
Daily Journal
Author: 
Craig Anderson

In this story Craig Anderson gives reasons why withdrawing the spying case against some Hewlett-Packard employees including Patricia Dunn was not merely an exercise in futility. He says it serves the purpose of keeping similar things from happening again in other companies. He gives emphasis to his own words by quoting Professor Rhode:

Deborah Rhode, a Stanford Law School professor and expert on legal ethics who has followed the matter, said she is pleased with the outcome.

"I think a lot of people viewed the criminal penalties as a stretch," she said. "Consciousness has been raised about these issues. From an ethics point of view, this is an ideal ending to the Hewlett-Packard debacle."