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Former HP chairman pleads 'not guilty' to spying

Patricia Dunn, HP’s former chairman, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from her role in HP’s spying operation on directors, employees and journalists.

Dunn was tasked with the role of stopping media leaks from the boardroom, an operation which led to outside investigators being used. These investigators are then said to have accessed the phone records of individuals without their permission.

At Santa Clara County Superior Court yesterday, Dunn pleaded not guilty to four charges, including identity theft and conspiracy. Four others are facing the same charges as Dunn, with the charges carrying a prison sentence of up to 12 years.

Dunn, 53, was released pending the trial. She and the others charged are due to appear in court again tomorrow, to attend a status report on the case. The case threatens to cast a continuing shadow over HP, which is scheduled to release it full-year financial results later today.


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