BP Could Face Manslaughter Charges for Deepwater Horizon Deaths

Robert Dudley, chief executive officer of BP Plc, right, speaks to reporters with outgoing chief executive officer Tony Hayward, left, at the residence of India's oil minister in Delhi, India, on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. Dudley said the company will offer a stake in a project in Vietnam to an affiliate first. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2010 Bloomberg

In a rare move, federal prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges of involuntary manslaughter or seaman's manslaughter , a more blanket claim that can come with a ten-year penalty, against BP for the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed eleven workers. But before you get all excited picturing Tony Hayward in an orange jumpsuit, the charges could be for low-level managers who ran the operation but may not have had adequate training or access to the same information as BP executives. [Bloomberg]