Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jurors Begin Deliberations in Blankenship Trial

Jurors in the federal court trial of Don Blankenship and will return tomorrow morning to resume their talks. Jurors began deliberations Tuesday and deliberated for about an hour. 

Blankenship, the former chief executive officer of Massey Energy, is on trial for charges of conspiring to violate mine safety laws and lying to federal financial regulators about safety at the UBB mine. An explosion at the mine five years ago took the lives of 29 miners.

Blankenship is not charged specifically with the explosion. He has repeatedly maintained his innocence.