Court Recused Over 'Corrupt' Sierra Wildfire Prosecution

By Michael Lipkin (October 15, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday recused himself and all other judges from his district from Sierra Pacific Industries Inc.'s attempt to rewind a $122.5 million wildfire settlement after Sierra accused prosecutors of having perpetrated a fraud on the court by engaging in a "corrupt and tainted prosecution."

In 2012, Sierra had settled the civil case over its role in the massive 2007 Moonlight Fire, which destroyed 65,000 acres of forest near Sacramento over two weeks. But Sierra reignited the case last week, alleging that prosecutors had allowed fire investigators to lie under oath.

Sierra pointed to a state judge's February...

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