Ex-BP exec David Rainey not guilty of lying in oil spill
NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Defense attorneys said Rainey's figures were made honestly and he had no reason to lie about when he first saw the government figures.
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