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Former BP engineer will get new trial; oil spill conviction tossed
Former BP engineer will get new trial; oil spill conviction tossed

A federal judge has tossed out a former British Petroleum engineer's conviction for obstructing an investigation into the 2010 spill that leaked billions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, court records show. Kurt Mix, a Texas resident and drilling engineer, was convicted in December of obstructing an investigation into the spill by deleting text messages that would have been relevant to the federal inquiry. But on Thursday, a federal judge in New Orleans vacated the conviction after an investigation revealed the jury forewoman brought outside information into the deliberations last year. Mix will await a new trial. Attorneys for Mix, 52, conducted post-trial interviews with...

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