This is the face of corporate homicide -- an investor-owned utility and a Governor who were warned that old people would die in a nursing home, which only needed an easy repair that could have saved lives. It looks like the State's Attorney in Broward County may be faced with a choice of whether to present a grand jury with evidence of manslaughter against FPL and its managers. Fortunately, Florida's pattern jury instructions were changed to reflect Florida law accurately, in 2015, by the Florida Supreme Court, empowering prosecutors to bring manslaughter charges against FPL.
FPL was warned people would die at a sweltering nursing home. But the utility had other priorities.
Listen to phone calls here.
Florida Power & Light Co. received numerous phone calls urging for the air conditioning to be fixed at The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills after Hurricane Irma.
By Megan O'Matz
An account supervisor for the power company was concerned by the words of the woman on the phone. The electricity was out at her mother’s nursing home, the temperature felt like 110 degrees and elderly people couldn’t breathe.