Statement from Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates, Inc. Regarding the Texas State Supreme Court Ruling on Lord John Browne Depostion
“Today we are very disappointed, but certainly not surprised that the Texas Supreme Court has denied the victims request to take a sworn statement from Lord John Browne, the former CEO of BP. This again reminds us that in Texas, the rich and powerful are often still above the law.
“When BP appealed the trial court ruling that Lord Browne give a statement under oath, legal observers felt that the conservative appeals court would protect him. They were right. Many large companies and associations, such as ExxonMobil and the Texas Association of Business, all filed briefs supporting BP's position. Included in this list are some of the justices’ staunchest campaign contributors, had no direct involvement with the case.
“We believe that when a CEO orders budget cuts that lead to the deaths of many innocent victims and injures hundreds more, he or she is not too busy or important to at least give a statement to the attorneys and court investigating the matter.
“Interestingly, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that even the President of the United States is not too important to give a statement to the courts. Apparently, the Texas Supreme Court believes that an oil company executive is more important than a United States President. Even more incomprehensible, their ruling shields an oil company executive who no longer is even employed by BP.
“Lord Browne was fired by BP for lying to a court in England, where apparently executives can’t hide behind the law. Perhaps they are afraid that this time he will tell the truth. Maybe that's why BP executive offices have recently moved to Texas.”