BP execs may face manslaughter charges
Here’s a novel concept: Cause people to die, get charged with manslaughter.
It doesn’t usually work that way with corporations, which apparently get all the benefits of being legally considered “people” with none of the consequences. But federal officials are looking into manslaughter charges for BP managers who presided over the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The explosion killed 11 workers — not to mention causing a record-setting oil spill that ruined countless livelihoods. And according to anonymous sources, top executives may be held responsible, charged with either involuntary manslaughter or “seaman’s manslaughter” (which carries a steeper penalty). The case would depend on proving that they deliberately sacrificed safety in favor of speed and cost.
- Report: BP Managers May Face Manslaughter Over Gulf Spill , The Atlantic Wire
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