A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. moved it to June 10 after conferring with defense attorneys and prosecutors on Monday. Duval agreed to give both sides more time to prepare.
Berwick, La. will hire outside counsel to represent the town in litigation seeking payments from BP PLC for economic damage during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Daily Review reports the resolution, approved by the Town Council this past week, allows the town to retain lawyers Sam Gabb of Plauche, Smith & Nieset and Russell Stutes Jr. of Stutes and Lavergne. They will notify BP under the Oil Pollution Act of claims to recover sales tax losses because of the spill.
At his first public appearance since leaving office, former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says he is still weighing his options for the future.
Letten also said he is optimistic that New Orleans officials and the Justice Department will work together to improve the city's troubled police department, despite recent differences between the two sides over the costs of reform.
Letten wouldn't comment on specifics regarding the police issue or cases he oversaw as U.S. Attorney.
Despite objections from the city, a federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's troubled Police Department.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu had invited Justice Department intervention in the department soon after taking office in 2010 and had sought the agreement as a way of putting reforms into law. But throughout months of negotiations, he had expressed concerns about the potential costs.
A federal appeals court has revived an environmental group's call to make BP PLC list the amount and type of every pollutant that got into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 oil spill.
But it upheld a lower court ruling that the rest of the Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit became legally irrelevant when BP capped the well.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took issue with BP's contention that the pollution information is readily available on the Internet, comparing the search to looking "for a needle in a cyberspace haystack."
A man whose convictions on charges he killed five people at a 1995 party were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year is suing the New Orleans district attorney's office.
The federal lawsuit filed Thursday on Juan Smith's behalf accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence from defense attorneys and lying to cover up their alleged misconduct.
Smith's suit seeks at least $24 million in damages. Former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick, whose office prosecuted Smith, and Leon Cannizzaro, the current district attorney, also are named as defendants.