NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of misconduct by a juror in his 2013 trial.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that deciding whether to appeal Duval's order will take time and will require involvement of top Justice Department officials. They asked for an exclusion from federal speedy-trial requirements, which generally call for a trial within 70 days of a new trial being ordered.
Prosecutors accused Mix of deleting text messages to stymie a grand jury investigation.