Legal Experts: Up to 15 years in prison for any criminally negligent BP executives


Excerpts from BP executives could face 15 years' jail, Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2010:

Jody Freeman, Professor of Environmental Law at Harvard Law School, told The (London) Times that if criminal negligence could be proved then "the law certainly provides for prison for environmental crimes".

She said that under normal circumstances, the maximum criminal penalty in such a case would be up to three years in prison, but in those where death and serious injury had occurred, as in the case of the Gulf oil spill, this could increase to 15 years.

Read the full article: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/bp-executives-could-face-15-years-jail/story-e6frg90f-1225879591963

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