Attempt to reinstate charge against former BP exec
NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors want a federal appeals court to reinstate criminal charges against a former BP executive.
They allege that David Rainey obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Rainey is accused of not disclosing information on the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Englehardt threw out the obstruction of Congress charge against Rainey. At issue is whether the law Rainey is accused of breaking applied to congressional subcommittee investigations.
No matter the outcome, Rainey still faces a charge of lying to law enforcement agents. Prosecutors have also obtained a new, re-worded indictment on the obstruction charge.