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May 12, 2010 7:43 PM

Criminal charges likely from Gulf oil spill, legal experts say

Environmental law experts say it's just a matter of time until the Justice Department steps in, if it hasn't already, to initiate a criminal inquiry and take punitive action in the oil spill that has dumped more than 4 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Such a likelihood has broad legal implications for BP and the two other companies involved — not the least of which is the amount of money any responsible party could be required to pay.

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