Thursday, October 29, 2015

Prosecutors again question key witness in ex-coal CEO's case

(AP) — Prosecutors are dissecting a key government witness' testimony that helped ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's attorneys argue his company prioritized safety.

In federal court Thursday, the prosecution questioned former Massey subsidiary president Christopher Blanchard, who told the defense he didn't break any laws or conspire with Blankenship to break laws.

Prosecutors began questioning Blanchard last week under an immunity agreement, and then Blankenship's attorneys followed them.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break mine safety laws and lying to financial regulators about safety at Upper Big Branch Mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 men. Blanchard's subsidiary oversaw the mine.