BP arraigned in oil spill case, pleads not guilty

Associated Press Modified: November 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm •  Published: November 27, 2012
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A different judge presided over the arraignment and said he could only take a plea of not guilty.

"Anything further would be done before (Vance)," added U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle.

On Wednesday, two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive are scheduled to be arraigned on separate criminal charges stemming from the disaster.

BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were indicted this month on manslaughter charges in the death of 11 rig workers. The federal indictment accuses them of disregarding abnormal high-pressure readings that should have been glaring indications of trouble just before the blowout of BP's Macondo well.

A separate indictment charges former BP executive David Rainey with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the well.

Their defense attorneys have said they will fight the charges.