Charges stand in Eaton case

A federal judge has refused to dismiss two pending criminal charges five former Eaton Aerospace engineers are facing after they were victorious in getting others thrown out.

“All motions to dismiss were denied,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy, who heads the criminal division of the Southern District of Mississippi.

And once a civil case involving the former employees is done, the criminal trial will be held, Dowdy said.

In a seven-page order issued March 31, U.S. District Judge William Barbour Jr. allowed to stand the latest indictment of two counts of possession of trade secrets and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Barbour’s decision includes many references to the dismissed charges but does not say why he is allowing the other charges to stand.