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Wall Street Journal Quotes Cassell in Article on BP Settlement

Paul Cassell

Paul Cassell, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal in a January 16 article, “Letters Detail Objections to BP Settlement.”

 The story describes the victim-impact statements filed in Federal District Court in New Orleans in response to the $4.5 billion criminal settlement that BP PLC reached with the U.S. government in response to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in 2010. 

Cassell explains that victim-impact statements have become increasingly common over the past 20 years: “"It always surprised me the collateral impacts a crime can have on victims," he told the paper. "Victim-impact statements can tease those out better than just reading a dry description of the events."