Could PG&E’s Operation of Power Lines in Relation to Wildfires Be a State Crime?

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A federal judge in San Francisco is seeking out the advice of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked Becerra yesterday to advise him on whether possible reckless operation of PG&E power lines in connection with recent wildfires would amount to a state crime. Alsup is overseeing the utility’s probation in a federal case around a fatal pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010. Part of that five-year probation includes a requirement not to commit any state, federal or local crimes.