“A wildfire of corruption”

Wash. Post columnist Kathleen Parker, in “A wildfire of corruption,” writes that the story of the 2007 Moonlight Fire in California is “a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court and possible government cover-ups in the service of power and greed.” As you may recall, Sierra PAcific Industries was found by Cal Fire to be culpable in the ignition of the 65K-acre fire. The state’s case has been dismissed, and this may have an effect on the federal suit, “which had resulted in a settlement by which the defendants are paying the federal government $55 million and have started to transfer 22,500 acres of land.”

I always have thought that forcing a “donation” of land was highly unusual, but maybe it isn’t.

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