Ex-Massey CEO Asks Judge To Split Trial, Drop Charges

Law360, New York (August 13, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT) -- Ex-Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, who is accused of mandating mine safety obstructions before an explosion that killed 29 employees and of making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission, asked a West Virginia federal judge Wednesday to split his trial in two, and then on Thursday to dismiss the only count for one of those trials.

Counsel for Blankenship argued that evidence supporting claims that he conspired to defraud the country and made false statements to the SEC would not be relevant to the claim that he conspired to violate mine safety and health standards. Moreover, such evidence...

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