Dunn Charged With Felony For Spying On Board Members
from the silicon-valley-scandals dept
While California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has been saying for a few weeks that he had enough evidence to indict HP's former chairwoman Patricia Dunn, some had questioned if he ever would do so. That's settled today as Lockyer filed felony charges against Dunn and four others, including HP's senior lawyer Kevin Hunsaker and some of the investigators who took part in the spying process, pretending to be various reporters and board members in order to obtain their phone records. While Dunn has continually failed to accept responsibility or even recognize that what she did was wrong, it may make some wonder if her role really deserves criminal charges. She did want to plug the leak, and it does seem like she either did not care about the means used or made it clear she didn't want to know. However, criminal charges still seem a bit extreme. She may be guilty of allowing this to happen under her watch, in part due to her own obsession with plugging the leaks, but it's not clear that deserves felony charges directly. It was definitely an ethical lapse, and she probably deserved to lose her job, but the possibility of six years in jail seems like somewhat excessive punishment.