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Arguments Set for October in Ex-Massey CEO's Appeal


Oral arguments are set in federal court for October in former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s appeal of his conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 26.

Blankenship reported to a California prison May 12 to begin serving a one-year sentence for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch coal mine. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

In briefs filed earlier this year, Blankenship’s attorneys complained that the jury pool in Charleston was biased against him, the prosecution was politically motivated and the trial controlled by rulings unfair to the defense.