All charges against Patricia Dunn were dropped today by a California judge. Ray Cunningham, a judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose, said Ms. Dunns health played a role in his decision, according to a transcript of todays proceedings. Ms. Dunn is being treated for cancer.
Ms. Dunn, former chairman and director of Hewlett-Packard Co., faced felony fraud charges stemming from allegations that H-P used false pretenses to access individuals' phone records during the companys investigation of media leaks.
Ms. Dunn became an H-P director in 1998, when she also was also global CEO of BGI. She stepped down as CEO in 2002 to focus on her cancer treatment. Ms. Dunn was also non-executive vice chairman at BGI until her resignation in October.