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Supreme Court lets criminal conviction stand against coal executive Blankenship

The Supreme Court is not interested in hearing former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's claim that he didn't get a fair trial.

Supreme Court to Let Stand Coal Executive’s Conviction on Violating Safety Standards

The United States Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a convicted coal baron Don Blankenship, who served a year in prison for violating mine safety standards. Coal groups had expressed their concerns over zealous prosecutionsShow More Summary

Supreme Court won't take up case of ex-Massey Energy CEO

The Supreme Court is leaving in place the conviction of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for misdemeanor conspiracy to violate federal safety standards at a West Virginia mine where 29 … Click to Continue »

Was Don Blankenship Not Available?

Meet your new Mine Safety and Health Administration administrator nominee. Trump on Friday named David Zatezalo, the former chairman of Rhino Resources, to be an assistant secretary of Labor overseeing the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The position is currently vacant, according to the Department of Labor’s website. During Zatezalo’s time as an executive […]

Coal Baron Don Blankenship Jumping Straight From Jail To Senate Race?

Normally one runs for Senate FIRST and only AFTERWARD goes to jail, but these are not normal times. In yet another sign of the total destruction of norms and even human decency in the Trump era, convicted criminal Don Blankenship isShow More Summary

A convicted coal executive is still trying to dodge blame for the deaths of 29 miners

In the annals of executive chutzpah, one would be hard-pressed to find a more extreme case than Don Blankenship’s efforts to vindicate himself for his role in a huge mine disaster. Blankenship was chief executive of Massey Energy on April 5, 2010, when an explosion in its Upper Big Branch mine...

Don Blankenship, Fresh Out of Prison, Begs Trump to Have Mercy on Coal Execs

Don Blankenship, who just wrapped up a year in federal prison for criminal conspiracy to violate mine safety and health rules — a coordinated and concealed series of violations that lasted for at least 15 months leading up to the tragic...Show More Summary

Open letter to President Trump from prison-released coal baron Blankenship

Former coal executive Don Blankenship is appealing to President Trump to get to "the truth" about the Upper Big Branch disaster. He's holding tight to his alternative facts in lieu of bearing responsibility for the death of 29 coal miners.

Blankenship asks Trump to resist punishing coal execs

(AP) — Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine safety and health standards. Blankenship, who recently...Show More Summary

Convicted Coal Mine CEO Is Taking His Case To The U.S. Supreme Court

5 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship announced his plan to appeal after he completed a one-year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to violate federal mine safety laws.

'Dear murderer': With a letter a day, West Virginian tried to remind coal executive of his role in 29 deaths

He was the highest-paid and best-known person in the U.S. coal industry, but his career ended in disgrace. In May 2016, Don Blankenship, the former chief executive of Massey Energy Co., began a one-year sentence in federal prison for his role in an explosion six years earlier in West Virginia that...

Ex-Massey Energy CEO Completes 1-Year Federal Criminal Sentence

5 months agoNews : The Two-Way

After a year in federal prison and a halfway house, Don Blankenship immediately let loose on Twitter, condemning federal mine safety regulators, members of Congress and federal prosecutors.

Remorseless Coal Baron Gets Out Of Prison, Has Twitter Meltdown Over Mine Disaster

5 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Don Blankenship had a full year in prison to ponder any culpability he might have had in the deaths of 29 West Virginia coal miners. It appears he occupied his time in other ways. On Wednesday, the former Massey Energy executive wasShow More Summary

Appeals court won't rehear coal CEO appeal in deadly blast

A federal appeals court has refused to rehear the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit … Click to Continue »

Don’t Worry, He’s Just Keeping the Seat Warm For Don Blankenship

The Trump administration is providing the real benefits for the working class the Clinton administration never could: After campaigning as a champion of coal miners, Donald Trump is reportedly close to choosing for commerce secretary a New York billionaire who owned a West Virginia mine where a dozen miners were killed in 2006. Trump’s favored […]

Occupational Health News Roundup

Reporters investigate the man whose research is used to deny veterans' claims about Agent Orange exposure; former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship goes back to court to appeal his conviction; voters in five states will cast ballots on raising the minimum wage; and OSHA's new worker retaliation rules are delayed.

Coal Baron Don Blankenship (Liable In Death Of 29 Miners) Claims That He’s A Political Prisoner

Most of you reading this are probably know who Don Blankenship is. If not, it’s probably enough to say that he was the CEO of a large coal company, and that he was convicted (following the death of 29 coal miners in an explosion) of willfully violating mine safety standards. Show More Summary

What’s the Most Reprehensible Living American Up To These Days?

Oh Don Blankenship. You are really a piece of work. Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who is currently serving a one-year sentence in federal prison for conspiring to violate safety standards, is defending himself in the form of a 67-page booklet, “American Political Prisoner,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The 2010 explosion […]

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