A federal judge on Thursday dismissed drug charges against former Broadcom Corp. Chief Executive Officer Henry Nicholas and threw out a plea deal reached between prosecutors and a witness in a related stock-options backdating prosecution.
In a related civil complaint, the judge, Cormac Carney of the Central District of California in Santa Ana, gave the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seven days to file amended securities fraud charges against Nicholas and three other former Broadcom executives.
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