BP Workers Say Oil Rig Status Dooms Manslaughter Charges

Law360, New York (May 31, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT) -- Two BP PLC supervisors facing criminal charges for their roles in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill disaster urged a Louisiana federal judge Thursday to throw out 22 manslaughter counts against them, arguing that the oil rig was a foreign-owned vessel outside of U.S. territory.

Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine are claiming that they can't be blamed for the blast that killed 11 workers and sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico because the Deepwater Horizon was a...
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