Trial to be week of March 9 for ex-BP exec
NEW ORLEANS - A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The tentative trial date is part of an order U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after a status conference in the case of David Rainey.
Prosecutors allege that Rainey - during a May 4, 2010, congressional briefing - failed to disclose information about the estimated rate that oil was spewing from BP's blown-out well after a rig explosion.
They also claim Rainey responded to a letter from a subcommittee chairman with false and misleading information.
Rainey has pleaded not guilty.
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