Wednesday, August 3, 2016

In PG&E Criminal Trial, Federal Prosecutors Cut Penalties Sought to $6M With No Explanation

In San Francisco, federal prosecutors have lowered the fine sought in the criminal case against PG&E by more than 90 percent - from $562 million to $6 million - in the San Bruno pipeline gas explosion that killed 8 people and leveled 38 homes in 2010. In the 6th week of the highly anticipated trial, the US District Attorney moved to reduce the penalty in a public court filing while both sides await the jury's verdict. No reason was given by the court for the reduction in penalties for multi-billion dollar utility company.

Reported by Corinne Smith

(AP Photo/Michael Sah, file)