Texas Atty Cleared To Represent Himself In BP Fraud Trial

By Stewart Bishop (January 20, 2016, 4:07 PM EST) -- A Mississippi federal judge on Tuesday agreed to let a Texas-based attorney represent himself in a criminal case accusing him and others of vastly inflating the number of claimants for a $2.3 billion seafood compensation program in the Deepwater Horizon/BP PLC litigation.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. signed off on the bid by Mikal Watts, a principal at the boutique firm Watts Guerra LLP, to proceed pro se against accusations that he was part of a conspiracy to submit claims for a client list of more than 40,000 commercial fishing deckhands, which allegedly contained plaintiffs that never authorized the representation...

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