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March 1, 2016

Legal Experts See ‘Federal Overreach’ in Attempted Prosecution of Former BP Rig Engineer

After a five year legal ordeal, former BP rig engineer Robert Kaluza was found not guilty on charges of violating the Clean Water Act stemming from the Gulf oil spill. If convicted, Kaluza could have faced a year in prison.

He had initially been indicted on federal manslaughter and “seaman’s manslaughter” charges. The latter was thrown out by the court, and prosecutors backed away from the other charges last year.

“Legal experts saw a bit of federal overreach in the case and said it illustrates the need for defense lawyers to stand firm against the government,” reports the Houston Chronicle.  

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