A judge won't let a
ex-coal baron facing criminal charges head
home for the holidays. West
A docket entry on Monday shows U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in
denied ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's motion to travel home for the
During his case, Blankenship's travel is restricted to southern
West Virginia, Pike County,
Other travel needs judicial approval. Washington, D.C.
Blankenship now has a home in
, but it's unclear if that's where he
wanted to travel. Nevada
The case's court filings are unavailable to the public under a gag order, which The Associated Press and other media are challenging.
Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety and health standards at Upper Big Branch Mine in
. A 2010 explosion there killed
29 men. West Virginia