I think that the judge should sentence the company to a few years in prison.
If a flesh and blood person pled guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter, they would spend a significant amount of time in prison.
I know that there are no corporation jails out there, but that's not the judge's job, he just needs to direct the Department of Corrections to take them into custody.
Let them hash it out while PG&E chills its heels in its cell:
California utility firm Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that it was responsible for the deaths of more than 80 people in a massive 2018 wildfire caused by its equipment.The deal has been cut with the prosecutor, and while the judge is expected to approve the deal, the judge can sentence the utility to prison.
The fire, known as the Camp Fire, began in November 2018 when two PG&E power lines came into contact with nearby dry brush, sparking flames. Eighty-five people died in the fire, which also destroyed 18,800 structures.
PG&E "had a legal duty to the public to avoid wildfires and failed to perform that legal duty by recklessly failing to maintain and operate its electrical lines and equipment in a manner that would minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfires posed by those electrical lines and equipment, resulting in the Camp Fire," each of the 84 manslaughter counts reads.
Company president and CEO Bill Johnson entered the guilty plea in court yesterday on behalf of the company. "Our equipment started the fire that destroyed the towns of Paradise and Concow and severely burned Magalia and other parts of Butte County," Johnson said. "On behalf of PG&E, I apologize for the pain we have caused."
As part of its plea agreement, the company agreed to pay a $3.5 million dollar fine and an additional $500,000 to cover the costs of the investigation.
Please send them to prison.