Texas Judge Won't Delay Kickback Suit During Criminal Probe

By Jeremy Heallen (December 7, 2012, 8:19 PM EST) -- A Texas judge on Friday denied a request by a contractor accused of paying kickbacks to land an offshore oil well decommissioning project for Apache Corp. to delay a civil fraud case while he is being criminally investigated, rejecting Fifth Amendment concerns he raised.

Judge Brent Gamble refused to put on hold Stallion Oilfield Services Inc.'s suit against Stagg Marine Inc. principal Tommy Angelle, who had argued in a motion to abate that an ongoing criminal investigation would force him to refuse to testify, prejudicing his chances of prevailing in the civil suit.

"The rights of Tommy Angelle and the other...

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