Blankenship Says Faulty Jury Instructions Led To Conviction

Law360, New York (October 26, 2016, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's attorneys took aim at allegedly faulty jury instructions in appealing his conviction before the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday, saying that the directives made it too easy to conclude that Blankenship willfully violated safety rules at a West Virginia coal mine, according to media reports.

Blankenship, 66, is currently serving a one-year sentence in a California federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate mine safety standards prior to an explosion that killed 29 workers at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine, which his company owned.

Blankenship argued on appeal that the use of the term...

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