DOJ Drops Key Prosecutors From Deepwater Obstruction Case

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday withdrew three key prosecutors from its upcoming obstruction trial of a former BP PLC engineer who is accused of destroying text message and voicemail evidence about the company’s response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval approved the exit of the attorneys ahead of a trial planned for Dec. 2. Two of the prosecutors, Derek A. Cohen and Avi Gesser, are deputy directors of the DOJ’s Deepwater Horizon task force, of which the third,...
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