Some state charges are dropped in HP case

From Bloomberg News

A former Hewlett-Packard Co. private investigator will have state charges that he posed as a reporter to get telephone records dropped because he pleaded guilty to similar federal counts, a California prosecutor said.

Bryan Wagner, 29, of Littleton, Colo., was the first person to plead guilty to federal charges of identity theft and conspiracy stemming from the Palo Alto-based company’s investigation of boardroom leaks.

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed court papers saying he would not oppose Wagner’s request to have the state felony counts dropped because of his Jan. 12 guilty plea in federal court.