Sunday, November 8, 2015

Blankenship's Trial Continuing

Federal prosecutors are believed to be close to resting their case in the federal criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Testimony resumes Monday morning at the federal courthouse in Charleston. 

Twenty-five witnesses have been on the stand so far as the federal government tries to prove its allegations that Blankenship, 65, conspired to break federal mine safety laws at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County and lied to securities regulators following the UBB explosion. 

At the beginning of the trial, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger told jury members to expect the trial to last until Thanksgiving. The trial will take Wednesday off this week for Veterans Day.