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Trump DOJ urges court to not hear Blankenship appeal


The Trump administration Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s appeal of his conviction for conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 miners died in an April 2010 explosion.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys filed a legal brief that asked the court to deny Blankenship’s petition seeking further review of his case. Blankenship had already served a year in federal prison, the maximum allowable for his conviction, but has been waging a self-funded public relations campaign saying he was wrongly convicted and arguing his widely-discredited theories about the cause of the Upper Big Branch explosion.

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