Blankenship Trial

In November 2014, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was charged with conspiring to violate mine safety standards, making false statements to securities regulators and thwarting government inspectors to cover up the resulting hazards to workers. The charges stem from a federal investigation into the company following the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners at Upper Big Branch. His trial began in October 2015.
Blankenship files promised US Supreme Court appeal

Blankenship files promised US Supreme Court appeal

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an appeal of his criminal mine safety conviction, arguing that two lower courts got the law wrong in the case and alleging again that he...

Blankenship urges Trump not to ‘punish’ coal executives

Blankenship urges Trump not to ‘punish’ coal executives

Fresh from his one-year stint in federal prison for criminal conspiracy to violate mine safety and health standards, former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship urged the Trump administration not to support legislation that would ...

Blankenship wants Trump MSHA to re-examine UBB report

Blankenship wants Trump MSHA to re-examine UBB report

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship said Friday he wants the Trump administration’s Department of Labor to revisit its investigation and report on the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners at Massey’s Upper ...

Blankenship plans US Supreme Court appeal

Blankenship plans US Supreme Court appeal

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his conviction for conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health standards, his lawyers confirmed Thursday.

Blankenship completes sentence for mine safety crime

Blankenship completes sentence for mine safety crime

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Wednesday completed a one-year federal criminal sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 miners died in an April 2010 explosion....

Appeals court denies Blankenship rehearing

Appeals court denies Blankenship rehearing

A federal appeals court on Friday said it would not grant Don Blankenship a rehearing in the former Massey Energy CEO’s appeal of his criminal mine safety conviction.

Blankenship seeks rehearing of appeal

Blankenship seeks rehearing of appeal

Lawyers for Don Blankenship asked Friday that the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider a previous decision in which a three-judge panel upheld the criminal conviction of the former Massey Energy Co. CEO.

Blankenship gets more time to seek rehearing

Blankenship gets more time to seek rehearing

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has given lawyers for Don Blankenship more time to file a petition for the full appeals court to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision to uphold the former Massey Energy CEO’s criminal conviction.

Blankenship seeks more time for rehearing of appeal

Blankenship seeks more time for rehearing of appeal

Blankenship lawyer Bill Taylor asked the 4th Circuit to delay the deadline for a rehearing petition from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10.

4th Circuit affirms Blankenship conviction

4th Circuit affirms Blankenship conviction

Saying that the criminal provisions of the nation’s mine safety laws are intended to ensure that miner health and safety aren’t sacrificed for coal production and profits, a federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed the conviction of...

Appeals court judges grill Blankenship defense attorney

Appeals court judges grill Blankenship defense attorney

RICHMOND, Va. — A panel of federal judges on Wednesday grilled defense lawyers for Don Blankenship, raising questions about the central argument in the former Massey Energy CEO’s...

Issues in Blankenship appeal revisit case over 1980 mine disaster

Issues in Blankenship appeal revisit case over 1980 mine disaster

At about 3:30 on the morning of Nov. 7, 1980, an explosion ripped through the Ferrell No. 17 Mine, a Westmoreland Coal Co. operation near Uneeda in Boone County.

The Don Blankenship appeal explained

The Don Blankenship appeal explained

Since May, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been serving a one-year sentence in a federal prison in California. U.S....

Blankenship to send out 250,000 booklets declaring innocence

Blankenship to send out 250,000 booklets declaring innocence

Three weeks before a federal appeals court will hear Don Blankenship’s challenge of his criminal conviction, the former Massey Energy CEO says he is sending out 250,000 copies of a booklet in which he proclaims his...

Blankenship lawyers reassert appeal arguments

Blankenship lawyers reassert appeal arguments

Lawyers for Don Blankenship on Tuesday filed the final legal papers in the former Massey Energy CEO’s appeal, arguing again that Blankenship was wrongly convicted based on incorrect jury...

Federal prosecutors defend Blankenship conviction

Federal prosecutors defend Blankenship conviction

Federal prosecutors on Monday urged an appeals court to uphold last year’s landmark conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for a mine safety conspiracy.

Blankenship appeal argument set for Oct. 26

Blankenship appeal argument set for Oct. 26

Oral arguments in former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s appeal have been scheduled for late October, according to a court order...

Coal groups urge close scrutiny of Blankenship conviction

Coal groups urge close scrutiny of Blankenship conviction

Lawyers for coal industry lobby organizations in West Virginia and two other states are urging a federal appeals court to closely scrutinize the criminal conviction of Don Blankenship, saying the prosecution of the former Massey CEO wrongly puts any...

Blankenship lawyers urge close scrutiny of conviction

Blankenship lawyers urge close scrutiny of conviction

Lawyers for Don Blankenship on Monday urged “close appellate scrutiny” of the former Massey Energy CEO’s conviction, complaining that the jury pool was biased against him, the prosecution was politically motivated and the trial...

Blankenship appeal deadlines pushed back

Blankenship appeal deadlines pushed back

Deadlines for lawyers to file legal briefs in Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s appeal of his criminal conviction have been delayed again.

Former coal magnate Don Blankenship leaves mark in art, song

Former coal magnate Don Blankenship leaves mark in art, song

The history of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's fall has been recorded in a veritable mountain of legal documents. But art and song have also begun to have a say in the saga of the once high-flying, all-powerful coal mining magnate.

Blankenship lawyers get more time for appeal

Blankenship lawyers get more time for appeal

Lawyers for Don Blankenship will get three more weeks to prepare an appeal of the former Massey Energy CEO’s conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards, a federal court has ruled.

Ex-Massey CEO Blankenship now in California federal prison

Ex-Massey CEO Blankenship now in California federal prison

Don Blankenship surrendered Thursday to federal authorities at a California prison to begin serving a one-year sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29...

Blankenship seeks ‘emergency’ stay of sentence

Blankenship seeks ‘emergency’ stay of sentence

With prison report date looming later this week, lawyers for Don Blankenship late Tuesday filed an “emergency motion” asking a federal appeals court to delay his prison sentence so the court has more time to decide the former Massey...