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Ex-BP exec can be tried for obstructing Congress

10 months ago June 30, 2014 Jun 30, 2014 Monday, June 30 2014 Monday, June 30, 2014 10:25:30 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a Congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision posted Monday reversed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.

The case involves allegations that David Rainey failed to disclose information from BP PLC indicating that the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion could have been far higher than estimates that were being made publicly.

Engelhardt had ruled in favor of defense lawyers who said the law that Rainey was charged with breaking refers specifically to congressional committees, but not subcommittees.

A three-judge 5th Circuit panel disagreed, saying the law includes congressional subcommittees.

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