*NEWS*HP:DUNN SURRENDERS &TURN HERSELF IN

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*NEWS*HP:DUNN SURRENDERS &TURN HERSELF IN

 user 2006-10-06 at 11:16:00 am Views: 65
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    hp chairwoman turns herself in
    HP Ex-Chair Dunn Surrenders on Spy Charges
    SAN
    JOSE (Oct. 06) – Former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairman Patricia Dunn
    surrendered at a Silicon Valley courthouse on Thursday afternoon on
    felony charges for spying on reporters and company directors.Superior
    Court Judge Alfonso Fernandez released Dunn, who is due to start
    treatment for ovarian cancer on Friday, on her own recognizance after a
    three-minute hearing.Dunn sat quietly in the courtroom after arriving
    about 20 minutes early, speaking a single word, “Yes,” when asked if
    she agreed to return for arraignment on Nov. 17.Her surrender and
    appearance in front of the judge is the latest development in a
    boardroom leak scandal that has tarnished the reputation of a company
    that has previously championed privacy and aspired to a code that its
    founders called the “HP Way.”in HP’s probes, investigators impersonated
    company board members, employees and journalists to get their private
    telephone records.Dunn, who resigned last month and appeared last week
    before Congress to testify about the investigation, has said she
    regrets the way the probe was handled, but does not accept personal
    responsibility for any deceptive tactics used.California Attorney
    General Bill Lockyer filed charges on Wednesday against Dunn and four
    other defendants because of tactics used in HP’s effort in 2005 and
    2006 to find the source of leaks to the media.Dunn’s attorney, Jim
    Brosnahan, has said that “these charges are being brought against the
    wrong person at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons” and that they
    were false”They are the culmination of a well-financed and highly
    orchestrated disinformation campaign,” he said.All five defendants
    named face four felony charges: conspiracy; fraudulent use of wire,
    radio or television transmissions; taking, copying and using computer
    data; and using personal identifying information without authorization.
    Each count could bring a maximum of three years in prison.Also charged
    are former HP ethics officer Kevin Hunsaker and investigators Bryan
    Wagner, Ronald Delia and Matthew DePante of information supplier Action
    Research Group.Hunsaker’s attorney, Michael Pancer, said in a statement
    that his client was not guilty. “Neither Kevin Hunsaker nor HP ever
    authorized, encouraged, or knew of any unlawful activity,” he
    said.Hunsaker had declined to speak to Congress, invoking his right not
    to testify for fear of incriminating himself.Delia also has said he is
    innocent and also chose not to testify.The scandal around the hunt for
    a boardroom leak that resorted to identity theft has rocked the Silicon
    Valley icon, but Lockyer has said there currently was no evidence of
    criminal conduct by Chief Executive Mark Hurd.