Prosecutor Misconduct In Calif. Wildfire Ignored, AGs Say

Law360, New York (November 17, 2015, 7:09 PM EST) -- Five state attorneys general Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal judge's refusal to unwind a $122.5 million settlement over a devastating wildfire, arguing he ignored plausible allegations of serious misconduct by federal prosecutors in pursuing the deal.

Sierra Pacific Industries, a contract logger and property owners have appealed U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb's April refusal to unwind the deal over the 2007 Moonlight Fire in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They claim prosecutors committed a fraud upon the court in pursuit of a "pay day" for the government, allowing investigators from the California Department of Forestry and...

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