Law and Politics

Blankenship Jury Still Deadlocked

December 6, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Jurors in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship resumed deliberations for the ninth day on Dec. 3, two days after they told the judge they were still deadlocked.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger denied a defense request for a mistrial, instructing the jury that they did not have to reach a verdict on all three charges against the coal baron, and that they could avoid a mistrial by agreeing on at least one.

Blankenship, who owned the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia where 29 men were killed in an explosion in 2010, is facing three felony charges of conspiring to break safety laws and lying to safety inspectors, financial regulators, and investors in the company. Read more

December 6, 2015

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