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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former BP plc executive David Rainey, who contested whether he may be charged with obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the Macondo well blowout in 2010. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in June reversed a ruling concerning allegations that Rainey failed to disclose information that the spill estimates may have been higher than disclosed (see Daily GPIJune 30, 2014May 22, 2013). A district court judge in 2013 had ruled in his favor (United States of America v. David Rainey, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 12-29). Rainey's legal argument on appeal was that the federal government had missed the deadline to file an appeal after an obstruction charge against him was dismissed. Rainey also was charged with making false statements to law enforcement agents, not at issue before the Supreme Court appeal. He has pleaded not guilty.

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