A California court has dropped all charges against HP chairman Patricia Dunn in the boardroom spying scandal. And three other defendents will probably also avoid criminal charges. 


Prosecutors yesterday agreed today to a plea deal in the pretexting scandal, reducing Dunn's series of felony charges to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent wire communications. The same deal applied to HP legal counsel Kevin Hunsaker and investigators Ronald DeLia and Matthew Depante.
Unless federal charges are filed, yesterday's action will probably end the case.
The fact that the case was dismissed probably also relieves Dunn and the others of community service obligations, although these would most likely have been waived anyway in view of Dunn's reported battle with cancer.