July 11, 1992 |
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.
March 20, 1990 |
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."
March 14, 1990 |
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.
January 29, 1990 |
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.
May 3, 1989 |
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.
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.