NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a former BP engineer is basing his request for a new trial on improper interviews with jurors who had convicted him.
Engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of trying to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Early this month, his lawyers asked for a new trial. They said they had learned that, during deliberations, one juror told the others about overhearing a conversation that made that juror feel more comfortable about convicting Mix.
In a filing Saturday, prosecutors said the defense motion should be thrown out because the information was gathered in violation of court rules requiring court permission to interview jurors. Mix's lawyers say that rule applies in civil cases -- not criminal cases.
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