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BP Engineer on Trial for Deleting Texts


On Monday morning, Kurt Mix became the first person to go on trial for the Big Oozy. Those who may not remember Mix's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster drama are excused, as he remained largely offscreen in his role as a lowly drilling engineer. But the feds accuse Mix of deleting text messages and voicemails that would have been important to their investigation of the oil disaster.


BP Oil Disaster Trial Opening Arguments in 6 Tweets


While locals were transfixed with tales of bomb robots and former political kingpins going to jail, a bevy of lawyers and reporters from all over were hunkered down at the federal courthouse. BP, the feds, the state and other parties began their trial today to determine what the responsible parties have to pay for the Big Oozy. The courtroom tussle is expected to last all day, every day for months. Thanks to the wonders of Twitter and Judge Carl Barbier's embrace of technology, members of the public who can't sit through the whole thing can find out what's happening in the courtroom. Click through for the best tweets from today's opening statements:


BP Trial Delayed


Reliable hearsay had it that BP, the feds and other private persons and corporations involved in the Big Oozy were hunkered down trying to get a settlement done before the start of their massive trial. But, until now, there wasn't any official confirmation that blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would be divvied up out of court. This afternoon, the parties to the trial announced they were pushing back the start date from tomorrow to Mon., March 5.  In a statement, the parties said they were trying to hammer out a settlement.


Big Oozy Trial Looms


Unless there's an eleventh hour settlement, it's time once again on Monday for the BP and the Big Oozy to invade our news cycle. A huge liability trial that could last into early part of 2013 is set to kick off at the federal courthouse down on Poydras. The jury-less trial essentially seeks to dole out proportions of blame for the April 20 catastrophe in the Gulf. As is typical around the streets of New Orleans, expect to hear a lot of "It Ain't My Fault." Preview coverage here, here and here.


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