Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Richard Vogel/AP)

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 15, 2016

How does a prosecutor build a case if she’s representing a potential witness in her investigation?

It’s a question some are asking about California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ criminal inquiry into how customers were left with a $3.3 billion bill for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

San Diego consumer lawyer Mike Aguirre has asked Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for records and communications related to San Onofre, the California Public Utilities Commission and the state’s power companies. Harris has notified Aguirre she is representing Brown’s office in Aguirre’s request for documents under the California Public Records Act. She has undertaken her own criminal investigation into the secret dealings between the utilities and state regulators including the San Onofre settlement. Several of the records Aguirre has requested from Brown are related to that deal.

Former San Diego County District Attorney Paul Pfingst said the attorney general can’t do both jobs.

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