Friday, November 20, 2015

AP wants juror names, addresses public in ex-coal CEO trial

(AP) — The Associated Press is asking a judge to make public the names and addresses of jurors in ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's trial.

The AP filed its motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

The motion says criminal trial juror names and addresses are part of the public record as soon as the jury is selected. The jury was picked at the trial's start, Oct. 1.

The information has not yet been disclosed, even though AP and other media have previously requested it. The motion says there's no constitutionally valid reason to withhold the juror list.

Jury deliberations, which began Tuesday, continued on Friday.

Blankenship faces multiple criminal charges stemming from alleged safety violations at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine. It exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.