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United States v. Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

United States District Court, N.D. California, San Francisco Division

September 22, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY, Defendant.

          Steven M. Bauer Margaret A. Tough LATHAM & WATKINS LLP Attorneys for Defendant Pacific Gas and Electric Company

          Walter F. Brown, Jr. Eric M. Hairston ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP Attorneys for Defendant Pacific Gas and Electric Company

          NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION BY DEFENDANT PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY TO STRIKE INAPPROPRIATE ALLEGATIONS

          Hon. Thelton Henderson Judge

         TABLE OF CONTENTS

         I. INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................ 1

         II. THE COURT SHOULD STRIKE IRRELEVANT OR PREJUDICIAL

         ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING THE EXPLOSION AND ENHANCED

         FINES ................................................................................................................................ 2

         A. Governing Legal Principles ................................................................................. 2

         B. The Court Should Strike References To The San Bruno Accident As Immaterial, Prejudicial Surplusage .............................................................. 5

         1. The San Bruno References Are Immaterial To The Crimes Charged ........ 5

         2. The Explosion Is Immaterial To The Obstruction Allegation ................... 8

         3. Striking These Allegations Is Important For A Fair Trial ....................... 11

         C. The Court Should Strike The Alternative Fines Act Sentencing Allegations ........................... 12

         1. Facts Establishing An Alternative Maximum Fine Must Be Alleged In The Indictment ............ 13

         2. The Indictment Does Not Allege The Required Facts, Proximate Cause, Or Financial Gains Or Losses .... 14

         III. CONCLUSION .............................................................................................................. 16

         TABLE OF AUTHORITIES

         CASES

         Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000) ..................... 13, 14, 16

         Jones v. United States, 526 U.S. 227 (1999) ........................................... 13

         Major v. CSX Trans., 278 F.Supp.2d 597 (D. Md. 2003) ..................... 10

         Nebraska Press Ass'n v. Stuart, 427 U.S. 539 (1976) .................... 2

         Russell v. United States, 369 U.S. 749 (1962) .................. passim

         Southern Union Co. v. United States, 132 S.Ct. 2344 (2012).................................... 13, 14, 15, 16

         United States v. BP Prods. N. Am., 610 F.Supp.2d 655 (S.D. Tex. 2009) .......................... 14, 15

         United States v. Brighton Bldg. & Maint. Co., 435 F.Supp. 222 (N.D. Ill. 1977) ..................... 4

         United States v. Buddenberg, No. CR-09-00263, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78201 (N.D. Cal. July 12, 2010) ........................ 3

         United States v. Cecil, 608 F.2d 1294 (9th Cir. 1979) ................................................... 3, 5

         United States v. Cooper, 384 F.Supp.2d 958 (W.D. Va. 2005) .................................................. 5, 11

         United States v. Du Bo, 186 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 1999) .................................................................................. 3

         United States v. Espy, 989 F.Supp. 17 (D.D.C. 1997) ................................................................ 4, 8

         United States v. Gerlay, No. 09-085, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107475 (D. Alaska Nov. 17, 2009) ................. 12

         United States v. Groos, 616 F.Supp.2d 777 (N.D. Ill. 2008) .................................................................................... 11

         United States v. Hubbard, 474 F.Supp. 64 (D.D.C. 1979) ............................................................. 4, 8, 12

         United States v. Jenkins, 785 F.2d 1387 (9th Cir. 1986) .................. 6

         United States v. Miller, 26 F.Supp.2d 415 (N.D.N.Y. 1998) ................................................ 4

         United States v. Poindexter, 725 F.Supp. 13 (D.D.C. 1989) ............ 4, 8

         United States v. Quinn, 401 F.Supp.2d 80 (D.D.C. 2005) .................................................. 10, 11

         United States v. Rainey, 946 F.Supp.2d 518 (E.D. La. 2013) .................................................... 10

         United States v. Reese, 92 U.S. 214 (1876) ...


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