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Don Blankenship Is an American Criminal

A Notorious U.S. Coal Executive Remains Blindly Unrepentant for His Part in the Deaths of 29 Miners

Donald Leon “Don” Blankenship, the former head of Massey Energy who is serving federal prison time for his role in the deaths of 29 coal miners six years ago in West Virginia, got beaucoup headline treatment this week for issuing a “manifesto” in which he pronounces himself an “American political prisoner.” Give the man kudos […]

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Don Blankenship, in Prison for Role in Deadly Mine Explosion, Plays the Victim Card

From the Associated Press: A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the […]

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On the Blogs: ‘This Weird Thing Where a Wealthy Coal Executive Was Deemed Responsible for Things That Happened on His Watch’

Jason Linkins for the Huffington Post: After Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship knowingly conspired to violate the safety standards at his Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, a jury of his peers said, “Yeah, you are totally guilty of conspiring to violate the safety standards at your mine.” In the wake of his […]

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Coal Industry Groups Press Court to Reconsider Blankenship Conviction in Death of 29 Miners

Ken Ward Jr. for the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette: Attorneys for the West Virginia Coal Association, the Illinois Coal Association and the Ohio Coal Association asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a “friend of the court” brief that echoes some of the central legal arguments made by Blankenship’s legal team in his pending […]

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Prosecutors Seek Imprisonment of Blankenship During Appeal

Ken Ward Jr. for the Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette: Prosecutors are urging a federal appeals court not to allow former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while that court considers Blankenship’s challenge of his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 workers […]

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Editorial: Don Blankenship and Matthew 16:26

From the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star: Six years and a day after one of the worst mining disasters in some four decades, a federal judge has sentenced the coal company’s former CEO to a year in prison and fined him $250,000 for conspiring to violate federal safety standards. For the 29 killed at Massey Energy […]

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‘This Man Made Millions of Dollars at the Expense of Our Loved Ones’

David Gutman and Kate White for the West Virginia Gazette-Mail: Six years and a day after Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch Mine exploded, killing 29 men, Don Blankenship stood in federal court and tried to express his sorrow to the miners’ families. “The lost coal miners were great coal miners,” Blankenship, the former Massey […]

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Blankenship Gets 1 Year in Prison for Conviction From Investigation Into Death of 29 Miners

Alan Blinder for the New York Times: Donald L. Blankenship, whose leadership of Massey Energy Company transformed him into one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Appalachia, was sentenced on Wednesday to a year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards. The sentencing, in Federal District Court here, came six […]

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Prosecutors Seek Maximum Sentence, 1 Year, for CEO Blankenship in Death of 29 Miners

Jonathan Matisse for the Associated Press: Prosecutors are requesting the maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for convicted ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who ran a West Virginia coal mine that was the site of a 2010 explosion that killed 29 men. In a sentencing memorandum in federal court Monday, […]

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Prosecutors Say Coal CEO, Facing ‘Potentially Disastrous Consequences,’ Is a Flight Risk

Ken Ward Jr. for the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette: Saying that potential restitution and fines could have “financially disastrous consequences” for Don Blankenship, federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge not to lower the former Massey CEO’s bond or otherwise reduce restrictions on his pre-sentencing release. While Blankenship faces a statutory maximum prison sentence of one […]

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