Jurors in the criminal case against Don Blankenship on Friday afternoon listened to the former Massey CEO complain that the company’s board wouldn’t pay him enough and that his personal wealth was tied closely through stock ownership to the financial fortunes of Massey Energy.

The jury in the Don Blankenship criminal trial was sent home early Thursday after defense lawyers resumed their efforts to prevent jurors from ever hearing recordings of telephone conversations in which the former Massey Energy CEO dismisses the problem of black lung disease, complains he’s …

Former Massey Energy Co. executive Don Blankenship is either a profit-obsessed coal company CEO who condoned rampant safety violations at his operations or a mine safety innovator who stands wrongly accused by government officials who targeted him because he’s rich and outspoken, according t…

Jury selection in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship appeared to be nearing an end Tuesday, but news reporters remained barred from the proceedings, even during an hour-long session where U.S. District Judge Irene Berger announced key rulings on what evidence both…

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship refused on Monday to comment on a previously confidential memo that warned him of systematic safety problems at Massey mines less than a year before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County.

As jury selection continues for the trial in the criminal case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, mine safety advocates say such prosecutions are extremely rare and that they hope the landmark case helps discourage other coal industry executives from condoning lawbreaking in t…

Less than a year before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, then-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was warned by one of Massey’s top safety officials about serious problems at his company’s operations, according to a new memo that surfaced earlier this year and now is among the key evidence …

Potential jurors in the Don Blankenship criminal trial were quizzed this week about what they know about the former Massey Energy CEO, business dealings with one of Blankenship’s legal defense firms and whether they think upper-level executives are often wrongly held responsible for the acti…

With jury selection set to begin this morning in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, there was a flurry of new motions Wednesday and significant questions remained about the jury selection process itself and about the contours of the cases prosecutors and defe…

Defense lawyers for Don Blankenship late Friday asked a federal judge “on an emergency basis” to again delay the trial of the former Massey Energy CEO, saying they need more time to review newly released records from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Potential jurors in the criminal trial of Don Blankenship were asked if they’ve ever belonged to a union, what views they have about the former Massey CEO, and whether anyone they know has ever been hurt or killed while working in a coal mine.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors continued this week to try to shape the evidence jurors will hear in October, when former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship faces a criminal trial on charges that he conspired to violate mine safety laws and lied to securities regulators as part of a scheme th…

Federal prosecutors say that attorneys for Don Blankenship are trying to dodge the real issues that must be confronted when the former Massey Energy CEO faces trial in October on charges that he conspired to violate mine safety laws and lied to securities regulators and investors about Masse…

Defense attorneys for Don Blankenship sought Tuesday to block a wide variety of evidence from being presented at his criminal trial, including the former Massey CEO’s public statements following the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, information about the impact on Massey’s financial performanc…

Defense lawyers for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship want the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to turn over what the attorneys say are previously undisclosed documents, including any records about an in-person meeting and a phone call between Blankenship and MSHA chief Joe …

Funerals for Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cromley, Doris - 2 p.m., Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.

Harrison, Jeffrey - Noon, Coonskin Park, Shelter #18, Charleston.

Hiser, Audrey - Noon, Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Massey, Paul - 2 p.m., Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.