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Ex-BP engineer's lawyers to ask for new trial

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Posted: Jan 1, 2014 10:30 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: bp trial, bp engineer, oil spill trial, gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked for more time to file requests for a new trial or a post-verdict acquittal.

On Tuesday, Kurt Mix's lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. for a weeklong extension of a Jan. 2 deadline for filing the requests.

On Dec. 18, a jury convicted Mix of obstruction of justice for deleting a string of text messages to and from a BP supervisor. Jurors acquitted him of a second count of the same charge, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Mix worked on BP's efforts to seal its blown-out Macondo well. Prosecutors said he tried to destroy evidence when he deleted the messages.

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