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July 21, 2010 | By Julie Cart and Rong-Gong Lin II
BP officials knew about a problem on a crucial well safety device at least three months before the catastrophic April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico but failed to repair it, according to testimony Tuesday from the company's well manager. Ronald Sepulvado testified that he was aware of a leak on a control pod atop the well's blowout preventer and notified his supervisor in Houston about the problem, which Sepulvado didn't consider crucial. The 450-ton hydraulic device, designed to prevent gas or oil from blasting out of the drill hole, failed during the disaster, which killed 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon rig and set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
September 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
Al Qaeda prisoners would testify that terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui was not involved in planning either the Sept. 11 attacks or a later operation, defense lawyers argued in a written motion made public Wednesday. Bidding for dismissal of the charges, the lawyers argued that the government's refusal to allow the captives to testify would deny Moussaoui a fair trial and could unjustly lead to his execution. U.S.
A former undersecretary of commerce has told congressional investigators that White House officials and top aides to former Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher supervised preparation of a list of export licenses to Iraq that was altered before it was submitted to Congress, it was disclosed Tuesday. The claims by the former official, Dennis E. Kloske, stopped short of saying that the officials ordered the changes.
February 25, 1988 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Charging that Tawana Brawley's continued refusal to cooperate "fosters disrespect for the process of law," Gov. Mario M. Cuomo urged Wednesday that the teen-ager be required to testify before a grand jury investigating her allegations that she was kidnaped and raped by a group of white men, including an assailant who displayed a police-like badge. The complicated and racially sensitive case in Dutchess County, north of New York City, has drawn national attention.
Robert Levine knows all the stories. The gray-haired man talking with his wife over in the corner is a mob lawyer from the Midwest. The stout, mustachioed gentleman opposite him is a Mexican drug lord holding court with his extended family, complete with mournful wife, bored-looking daughter and solicitous son-in-law. Scattered about elsewhere in the linoleum-tiled waiting room on visiting day in the U.S.
July 12, 1991
Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and three former and current aides testified under oath last month before the Christopher Commission. Their testimony provides an extraordinary glimpse into the attitudes and policies of the LAPD's leadership on issues ranging from excessive force to officer discipline. Following are excerpts of transcripts released Thursday: POLICE CHIEF DARYL F.
December 10, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours before he was killed, Nick Markowitz thought he was finally going home. It had been a strange, often scary two-day odyssey since a group of young men snatched him off the street in his sleepy West Hills neighborhood and carted him up the coast to Santa Barbara, according to testimony before a grand jury in Santa Barbara County.
July 25, 1998 | From Associated Press
A federal prosecutor on Friday asked an appeals court to declare legal the practice of offering leniency to witnesses in exchange for testimony, saying many laws would be unenforceable without such deals. In a 28-page brief filed with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutor Sean Connelly also outlined the legal history he believes supports such agreements.
April 1, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The 14-year-old boy accusing Michael Jackson of molestation testified Tuesday before the grand jury hearing evidence in the case, a source close to the case said. The hearing, held under extraordinary secrecy, also included testimony from Jamie Masada, the comedy club owner who first arranged for Jackson and the boy to meet, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Masada would not comment.
August 29, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman frustrated by her daughter's failure to become a cheerleader spoke of killing the mother of one of the girl's rivals more than a year before she was charged with plotting the death, a witness testified in a Houston court. Patrick Gobert, 24, who described himself as a family friend, said he thought Wanda Holloway of Channelview, Tex., was joking or too upset to mean what she said.
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