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Re-Trial Ordered For BP Oil Engineer From 2010 Gulf Spill

GRAND ISLE, LA - JUNE 14: Oil is seen in the water off a beach June 14, 2010 on Grand Isle, Louisiana. The BP spill has been called the largest environmental disaster in American history. U.S. government scientists have estimated that the flow rate of oil gushing out of a ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well may be as high 40,000 barrels per day. President Obama will make his fourth trip to the Gulf on Monday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, had been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury’s investigation of the spill.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled Thursday that the jury verdict was affected by remarks the forewoman overheard outside the jury room. Duval threw out the verdict and ordered a new trial.

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