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Awaiting the first criminal charges in connection will be catastrophic oil disaster.
In the Gulf of Mexico prosecutors set to focus on Houston based engineers.
And at least one supervisor may be slapping them with felony charges.
The accident that killed eleven workers and soiled thousands of miles of American coastline if convicted.
They could face up to five years behind bars -- like is this.
She joins us Joey Jackson veteran criminal defense attorney former prosecutor good to see about -- let me start which we view.
And let's talk about potential criminal charges against individuals not against BP as an entity here -- I mean if that happens they would reportedly be false filing false information or providing false information.
Is that remind view of the old Richard Nixon at age he was heard in his later years as saying it's not the crime that kills you it's the cover -- It actually does great I mean this is a disaster of unmitigated proportions and let's talk about -- why it's significant that they do prosecute now time will -- and ultimately you know Greg has been an eighteen month investigation which really started.
On April 10 of 2010 which is when this began.
But we're talking about the eleven people killed that you vindicated there -- seventy people injured just.
-- you know 53000.
Barrels a day that -- gushing out into the Gulf Coast.
That took 87 days to stem the tide of it was just terrific you have businesses shattered.
And if it comes about that this was the result of reporting false information so that you can get permits to that the drilling should continue and people need to be held accountable that's what investigations are.
All of -- -- a -- that's which had a car sharing on providing false information requires a level of intent to -- prosecutors have to shell.
That those who file old the false information intended to mislead or deceive isn't -- a very difficult thing to show.
Yes it is and you're talking about people who are doing their job.
Mean what is their incentive to lie they don't happen and -- -- They're do they have in the senate to do their job to do what's right for the company's and that the company can make money.
It's just -- a sad situation but it was an accident.
That's what it was it was an accident in plain and simple.
But I think people -- This country don't want to just let that kind of thing beat just enact a Joey is not possible here but he's got to be criminally.
Us is it possible here Joey that prosecutors are really just using this public threat of individual charges.
On as a -- to intimidate or pressure.
Some of the individuals to provide information and cooperate with the government well you know -- right I was a prosecutor and I.
-- did that I've been yeah -- there's an element of that we know that does go live because then people of more inclined to cooperate to do the things they need to do we know that there is a lot of civil lie investigations going on it is a civil -- you know that's commencing in February that I could be a byproduct of it but I have to say -- That if there were people who were indeed providing information to that the drilling could continue.
And there was significant.
A fraud here with regard to if they continue to drill.
Odd things would happen as it did when you have a -- that explodes in that creates horrific environmental conditions for all that that absolutely needs to be are held accountable.
-- what they may eventually do and it is actually expecting these file sharing criminal charges against BP itself.
What's the difference for prosecutors in terms of their burden burden of proof.
Between negligent behavior which is a criminal.
And criminally culpable behavior.
Well you've got to show -- -- you've got to -- intends to do and asked about that was you know hurts.
Reckless -- reckless endangerment negligence can rise to the level of a crime.
But again I think it's hard to prove.
Yeah maybe the company made mistakes maybe the company has -- have problems that they need to get.
-- fix and but I've hammered at Joliet it doesn't mean that they commit a crime.
Joey may come down to whether or not there was sufficient.
-- pressure safety on the well but luck.
Other best we can tell there are no federal regs on the proper measurement of safety on the pressure of the well so can't the defense simply say -- hate here now.
We we have no guidelines here it's a matter of judgment and that's very subject.
Well you know what Greg yes and no because although it's a matter of judgment you hit the nail on the head when you ask Sharon about the issue of recklessness of K okay today -- may not be specific guidelines that speak to the issue of exactly what needs to be done.
However that notwithstanding you have an obligation a responsibility.
To ensure safety they are in the business of doing that Greg we would expect and anticipate that they don't consciously disregarding -- And that they keep everyone safe until irrespective of the actual -- I think that you have the recklessness -- the -- this is such that there what they disregarded so they can drill and make money at it I increase their profit margins at the expense.
Kids are now I bet it's -- exact opposite effect in a look at how much this is costing them.
It's costing them millions of dollars to show ever money you think that they may have saying like Sharon adding corporate arrowhead regional and well let me finish -- It doesn't come really fast -- -- -- when I they're CEO resigned.
They have millions of dollars in cleanup lost equipment they've got civil penalties.
I mean put what I anticipated at this time they would do we get another -- coordinated but.
Yeah but -- You know what you're saying that if -- reckless then they need to be held lag absolutely I don't call and gotten a lot -- -- business -- What damage people like I had a lot of Indiana utility DNA and -- -- and they are steadily getting -- a -- time.
You're like -- and Joey didn't and that there's a -- By Sharon -- And drying.
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