Judge Asked to Dismiss BP Rig Supervisors' Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have asked a federal judge to dismiss the manslaughter charges against their clients.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Wednesday after hearing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and attorneys for Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine.

Kaluza and Vidrine's lawyers argued that the "seaman's manslaughter" charges in their indictment don't apply to the case because the rig that exploded in the Gulf wasn't "erected" on the Outer Continental Shelf.

A prosecutor said the language of the statute clearly applies to the circumstances of this case.

Kaluza and Vidrine pleaded not guilty last year to charges they botched a key safety test before BP's April 2010 well blowout.


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