Blankenship appeal argument set for Oct. 26

Blankenship appeal argument set for Oct. 26

Don Blankenship smiles as he leaves federal court after being convicted of conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards.

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

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will hear the argument on Oct. 26 in Richmond, the order said.

Blankenship is serving a one-year sentence — the maximum allowable under current law — in a California federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 workers died in an April 2010 explosion.

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Atkins, Linda - 3 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Call, James - 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

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