Pete Anderson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on DOJ's Use of Safety Violations When Pursuing Environmental Charges
Principal Pete Anderson (Washington, DC) was quoted in a January 6 article in Bloomberg BNA titled “DOJ to Use Safety to Bolster Environment Cases.” The article discusses federal prosecutors' search for worker safety violations when pursuing environmental criminal charges.
Pete said, "If you bring a case that has a multitude of environmental and worker safety violations, you'll get emotional facts in front of the jury that will make them look beyond the more boring, mundane, regulatory [environmental] violations and tap into a conviction-oriented mindset. This is a big change in the prosecutor's playbook."
Pete noted that along the same lines companies with worker safety violations can expect their environmental records to be scrutinized. "It's like moths to a flame. When you have a catastrophe, a criminal inquiry will come in and look broadly in that two-part inquiry: worker safety and environmental.”
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