Ex-Massey CEO Appeals Mine Safety Conviction To High Court

Law360, Washington (June 2, 2017, 6:58 PM EDT) -- Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety standards before a deadly explosion, arguing that the Fourth Circuit ruling affirming his conviction contravenes high court precedent on criminal intent.

In a May 25 petition for a writ of certiorari, Blankenship argued that instructing the jury to convict for a "willful" violation of law without mens rea — or proof that a defendant acted with the knowledge his conduct was unlawful — conflicts with Supreme Court decisions Bryan v. United States and Safeco Insurance Co. v. Burr,...

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