It's Official: BP Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
Judge accepts deal, despite objections from victims' families
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2013 1:06 PM CST
In this April 21, 2010 file aerial photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(Newser) – Corporations are people, my friend, and that means they can commit manslaughter. After listening to testimony from relatives of the 11 workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge today approved BP's plea deal, allowing the oil giant to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges, the AP reports. BP will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties.

Neither BP nor the Justice Department presented arguments at the hearing, but in a filing beforehand, the DOJ argued that the fines amounted to "severe corporate punishment" and would give BP and others incentive to avoid future mishaps. But many relatives of the victims criticized the deal, with one man arguing that BP executives should be forced to give them face-to-face apologies. Judge Sarah Vance told them that she couldn't alter the terms of the deal, only accept it or reject it, and she chose to accept it.

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Jan 29, 2013 11:16 PM CST
Four billion? Do they really think THAT will hurt them?: Revenue: US$ 386.46 billion! Operating income: US$ 39.81 billion! Net income: US$ 25.70 billion! Total assets: US$ 290.92 billion! Total equity: US$ 111.46 billion!
Jan 29, 2013 6:37 PM CST
What about these fuckers going to jail???
Jan 29, 2013 6:29 PM CST
This ruling is bullshit and Ill tell ya why. BP is not a person and should not be charged with a crime. Certainly BP should be "responsible" as a business entity, be forced to pay 4b and the actual PEOPLE INVOLVED should be tried as criminals and sent to effing jail. I support no ruling that goes along with the instance that corporations are people. This is bullshit. We should be crying BS at the top of our lungs and crying for PEOPLE to face criminal charges NOT corporations.