PG&E emails may have violated rules, judge says

Sep 18, 2014 3:14 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge for California's public utility commission says Pacific Gas & Electric may have violated commission rules in its contacts with the commission's top staff and commissioners. The judge, Hallie Yacknin, in an official order late Wednesday said PG&E could be held in contempt and fined for allegedly flouting that rule.

The action stems from PG&E's release of emails Monday showing that PG&E successfully lobbied top commission officials in January to have the judge that it wanted appointed to a rate case.

Yacknin said in her order that commission rules prohibit attempts to influence the selection of commission judges.

PG&E spokesman Keith Stephens said Thursday the utility is studying the judge's order.

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