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Fiat Chrysler senior manager charged in diesel emissions probe

Key Points
  • A senior manager at Fiat Chrysler was charged in Detroit earlier this month in connection with the Justice Department's probe into excess emissions in diesel vehicles.
  • Emanuele Palma was charged with conspiring to mislead regulators, customers and the public about the emissions system used on the diesel vehicles.
A stop sign stands outside of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit.
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A senior manager at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV was charged in Detroit earlier this month in connection with the Justice Department's probe into excess emissions in diesel vehicles, according to documents unsealed Tuesday.

Emanuele Palma, a diesel drivability and emissions senior manager at Fiat Chrysler, was charged with conspiring to mislead regulators, customers and the public about the emissions system used on Fiat Chrysler's U.S. diesel vehicles, according to a grand jury indictment dated Sept. 18.

Palma has been arrested and is in custody, said Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit. Palma faces a 1 p.m. EDT court hearing, she added.

Lawyers for Palma could not immediately be identified from the legal documents.

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  • The Trump administration has a steep hill to climb before it can revoke a waiver that allows California to set separate rules that govern auto emissions.
  • Legal experts say that California, which formally filed suit alongside 23 other states on Friday, has a strong case that the administration's move is unlawful.
  • There is virtually no way the legal fight is over before the 2020 presidential election, meaning voters will also get a say in the matter.