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New judge assigned to case against BP supervisors

2 years ago December 05, 2012 Dec 5, 2012 Wednesday, December 05 2012 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:07:46 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A new judge has been assigned to the case against two BP supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in 2010.

The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who disclosed last month that his wife owns stock in Halliburton, a cement contractor on the ill-fated drilling project.

The judge didn't immediately recuse himself, but he allowed prosecutors and attorneys for BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine to submit a confidential request for another judge to be assigned to the case.

The case was reassigned Wednesday to U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. The order doesn't disclose which party or parties sought Lemelle's disqualification.

Kaluza and Vidrine pleaded not guilty last month to manslaughter charges.

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