Posted: Jan 10, 2014 12:47 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to extend a deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to appeal the dismissal of some manslaughter counts against two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
The original deadline was this week, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. agreed Thursday to give prosecutors an additional 30 days to make a decision.
BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were indicted on 22 manslaughter counts for the deaths of 11 rig workers.
On Dec. 10, Duval ruled that charging them with 11 counts of "seaman's manslaughter" exceeded the intended scope of the statute in connection with their job duties. But Duval refused to dismiss 11 other counts of involuntary manslaughter against Kaluza and Vidrine.