Five-month trial delay ordered in BP Gulf spill manslaughter case

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

A federal judge orders a five-month trial delay in the case of two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers who were killed at the 2010 Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The decision was a victory for the defendants, who argued that the case against them is complex and more time is needed to review documents.

BP as a company already has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges and agreed to pay a $4B criminal penalty; it also agreed to pay $525M to settle related SEC charges.