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BP Rig Supervisors Seek Trial Delay

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The two BP rig supervisors who are facing negligent homicide charges in the death of 11 workers who died when the Macando well blew in 2010 are going to ask a federal judge for a delay in their trial.

The trial date, as it stands now, is February 5th.  Yesterday the lawyers for BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine filed a brief saying that they need the trial delayed because they need more time to prepare their case.

The attorneys say that Justice Department prosecutors are not opposed to the lawyers getting a delay.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Junior is handling the case, but did not make a ruling on their request yet.  The attorneys want the trial delayed until much later in 2013.

In a related matter, another judge postponed a trial for former BP executive David Rainey.  Rainey was charged with holding out on information he gave to Congress about how severe the oil spill was.  Rainey’s trial was suppose to start on January 28th, but it will not.  The judge has not set another date at this time.

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