US Appeals Granting of New Trial to Ex-BP Engineer

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Update: Associated Press
July 11, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The notice of appeal was filed in the case of Kurt Mix in federal courts Friday.

Prosecutors accused Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval threw out Mix's December 2013 conviction and granted a new trial. He ruled that a jury forewoman tainted the deliberations by mentioning to a deadlocked jury that she had heard something outside the trial that affirmed her view of Mix's guilt.


News Release: Associated Press News
December 17, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jurors have told a judge that they are having difficulty reaching a verdict in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a note Tuesday read aloud in court by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., jurors said they have been "at a standstill" and deadlocked for several hours. Duval instructed jurors to continue deliberating, saying it's an "important case" that could have to be tried again if they can't reach a unanimous decision.

Jurors have deliberated for more than eight hours since closing arguments Monday by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer for Kurt Mix, who is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Their deliberations resumed Tuesday morning.


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