Convicted Hewlett Packard spy
has state charges dismissed
HP logo courtesy hp.com
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
January 29, 2007
SAN JOSE (BCN) - A preliminary examination in the Hewlett-Packard
spying case could be several months away, possibly because of
"ongoing plea negotiations," a California Deputy Attorney
General said today.
Former HP Board of Directors Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and three
co-defendants are scheduled to return to court on Feb. 28 to set
a date for a preliminary examination, the hearing where prosecutors
would before a judge lay out their evidence that Dunn and her
codefendants conspired to obtain the phone records and other personal
information of several HP board members, employees and journalists
who covered the company in early 2006.
Deputy Attorney General Ralph Sivilla said the preliminary examination
date might not be set on Feb. 28.
"I'm not sure if we'll be able to set a prelim date at the
next hearing,'' Sivilla said.
Sivilla cited the large amount of documents in the case, "over
a thousand pages,'' that the attorneys for both sides need to
review as well as "perhaps ongoing plea negotiations,'' as
factors that would delay the preliminary examination. He would
not comment further on the status of any plea negotiations.
At today's court hearing Bryan Wagner, the self-professed "little
guy'' in the scandal, had the four state felony charges against
him dismissed because he pleaded guilty earlier this month to
federal felony charges of conspiracy and identity theft in connection
with his role in the scandal.
Wagner was working for a private investigator at the time and
obtained the phone records and other personal information of several
people, including an HP board member and a journalist by "pretexting,''
impersonating the individual over the phone and online in order
to obtain their records.
Wagner did not attend today's hearing. His attorney Stephen Naratil
said he has returned home to Colorado.
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