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May 19, 1989 | From United Press International
A chief Exxon defense lawyer in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, caused by the grounding of a tanker whose captain allegedly had been drinking, has been arrested on charges of drunk driving and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test, police said Thursday. Douglas Serdahely, 42, former presiding judge of state superior courts in Anchorage, had just stepped down from the bench and entered private practice when Exxon hired him to represent the company in massive civil litigation stemming from the March 24 spill.
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June 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
Nine years after his conviction for illegally spilling oil in pristine Alaska waters, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood started his punishment Monday on the litter patrol. Hazelwood, former skipper of the tanker Exxon Valdez, spent the day loading a truck with abandoned auto parts and assorted junk thrown along the roadsides of Anchorage. He worked with one other man and a supervisor.
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May 27, 1989 | From United Press International
A federal grand jury has been convened to consider possible criminal charges in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the FBI confirmed Friday. "I can't deny a grand jury has been convened," FBI special agent Tom Matthews said. "Subpoenas have been served. "We're just in the beginning. The investigation has just started." The U.S. Justice Department investigation is centered on possible criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Matthews said he could not report how many subpoenas have been issued or identify targets of the grand jury inquiry.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994 | DAVID HULEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a verdict that could cost Exxon Corp. billions of dollars, a jury found Monday that company executives and the skipper of the Exxon Valdez acted recklessly in the events leading to America's worst oil spill. The verdict came in a massive civil lawsuit brought by some 10,000 commercial fishermen, Native Americans, landowners and others harmed by the 1989 spill in Prince William Sound. The plaintiffs are seeking $1.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a misdemeanor conviction against the captain of an Exxon Corp. tanker that ran aground in the spring of 1989, causing the nation's worst oil spill. The state used tainted evidence against Joseph Hazelwood, who was immune from prosecution under federal law, the court ruled in throwing out his conviction on a charge of negligent discharge of oil. The state said it will appeal the ruling to the Alaska Supreme Court.
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March 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A prosecutor portrayed Joseph Hazelwood today as "a gambler" who took the risk of drinking before boarding the Exxon Valdez only to lose his ship. "Captain Joseph Hazelwood chose to be a gambler," Assistant Dist. Atty. Brent Cole said in a final argument to the jury. "He chose to be a risk taker. He chose to sit in the Pipeline Club and drink most of the afternoon before he sailed."
NEWS
March 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two defense alcohol experts testified that Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood would have had to consume more than a dozen shots of vodka and would have been staggering drunk if he had as much to drink as the prosecution maintains before his tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound. The two defense witnesses rejected a theoretical calculation of Hazelwood's blood alcohol content at the time of the spill last March 24.
NEWS
January 29, 1990 | United Press International
Fired Capt. Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial today on criminal charges arising from the wreck of the Exxon Valdez, which spilled about 11 million gallons of oil. A jury will be selected to decide whether the skipper, who was not at the helm when his tanker ran aground March 24, bears criminal responsibility for the wreck, which ruined fishing and killed thousands of birds and otters.
NEWS
May 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood dropped his extradition fight today and flew to Alaska to surrender for arraignment on three misdemeanor charges arising out of the biggest oil spill in North American history. Hazelwood, 42, was to appear in the afternoon on charges of operating the Exxon tanker while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and negligent discharge of oil on March 24.
NEWS
October 8, 1989
A Coast Guard administrative law judge in Seattle stripped for nine months the license of the officer who was on the bridge when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Alaska, causing the nation's worst oil spill. Judge Roscoe Wilkes bypassed the standard three- to six-month sentence for Gregory Cousins, and said the massive oil spill called for more severe punishment.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a misdemeanor conviction against the captain of an Exxon Corp. tanker that ran aground in the spring of 1989, causing the nation's worst oil spill. The state used tainted evidence against Joseph Hazelwood, who was immune from prosecution under federal law, the court ruled in throwing out his conviction on a charge of negligent discharge of oil. The state said it will appeal the ruling to the Alaska Supreme Court.
NEWS
February 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly a year after being found guilty of a misdemeanor charge in connection with the nation's worst oil spill, former Exxon Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood asked an appeals court in Anchorage to overturn his conviction. Hazelwood's lawyers said they were seeking to have the conviction thrown out on the grounds of errors by the trial judge in instructing the jury.
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September 22, 1990 | From United Press International
New court documents allege that fired Exxon Valdez Capt. Joseph Hazelwood "regularly hosted drinking parties" on tankers before the Alaska oil spill last year and that Exxon Corp. had evidence showing the skipper and the helmsman were unfit for duty when the tanker hit Bligh Reef. The Justice Department filed 300 pages of documents in its criminal case against Exxon as U.S. District Court closed late Thursday.
NEWS
August 1, 1990 | CHARLES J. HARTLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its first official finding of fault in last year's Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that all parties involved share the blame. The tanker's captain, Joseph Hazelwood, and his crew should have been less fatigued and more alert, Exxon Corp. should have monitored more closely the alcohol treatment program in which Hazelwood was enrolled. And the Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Service was inadequate, the board said.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE and WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An administrative law judge on Wednesday suspended for nine months the seaman's license of the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood, after he pleaded no contest to violations of U.S. Coast Guard maritime rules arising out of the nation's worst oil spill last year in Alaska. A charge that Hazelwood's blood-alcohol content was above the service's permissible level of 0.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1990
We esteem the Founding Fathers as preeminent representatives of the Age of Reason. But in at least one aspect of their great endeavor--our Constitution and its Bill of Rights--they also were men of faith, for their charter of liberty evinces the belief in the ability of juries to render justice.
NEWS
March 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The final prosecution witnesses in the Joseph Hazelwood trial in Anchorage testified that the Exxon Valdez skipper drank enough vodka to impair judgment before the tanker sailed, and that he risked capsizing by rocking the ship back and forth after the helmsman drove it onto a reef. Alaska Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone refused to allow testimony from a state investigator assigned to guard Hazelwood after the March 24 grounding.
NEWS
March 25, 1990 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood is haunted by images. Images of devastation: fouled beaches, dead birds, dying otters. "Hazelwood's otters," some called them. "It was a terrible tragedy . . . It will affect me, like it will affect everyone else, for a long time." Images of faceless, nameless accusers, of being constantly pursued, like the tragic figure from "Les Miserables." "It seemed like I was Jean Valjean with about a hundred inspectors chasing me around the sewers of Paris."
NEWS
March 24, 1990 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state judge Friday ordered former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood to spend 1,000 hours helping to clean up the Prince William Sound shores that were fouled with oil when his tanker, the Exxon Valdez, ran aground on Bligh Reef one year ago. Judge Karl Johnstone, himself a commercial fisherman in the sound prior to last year, also ordered Hazelwood to pay what he called "a token restitution" of $50,000.
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