Ex-BP executive’s trial delayed

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

David Rainey’s trial was scheduled to start on Sept. 23, but U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Wednesday to move the trial date to Oct. 15. Rainey’s attorneys had requested the delay for unspecified “personal scheduling reasons.”

Rainey pleaded not guilty in November to charges of obstruction of Congress and making false statements. Prosecutors said Rainey, who was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, withheld information that more oil was gushing from the well than BP initially estimated.

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