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Amid scandal, PUC legal bills skyrocketing
Amid scandal, PUC legal bills skyrocketing

The embattled Public Utility Commission's legal bill for criminal defense by an outside law firm is growing rapidly. The PUC originally budgeted $49,000 for outside legal fees but now is allocating up to $5 million over the next year and a half. The need for more legal help comes as state and federal investigators are looking into a broad range of possible misconduct, including improper communications between PUC officials and utility executives. According to a search warrant served in January on the home of former PUC President Michael Peevey, officials said they are also investigating possible judge shopping, bribery and obstruction of justice. In November, the PUC...

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