Feb 20, 2014 9:25 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
The federal judge who presided over the trial of a former BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice in the government's investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has denied a defense motion to disqualify him from the case.
In a strongly worded Feb. 13 order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. blasted a potential conflict-of-interest claim raised Kurt Mix's attorneys. They said the judge was tainted by the fact that he filed a claim against BP seeking payment, including punitive damages, for oil damage to his Grand Isle fishing camp after the 2010 spill.
The New Orleans Advocate reports Duval's ruling, called the argument "naive at best and disingenuous at its worst."
Duval is scheduled to hear defense motions March 13 to acquit Mix or hold a new trial.