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Blankenship on Trial: The Case Goes to the Jury


Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Ashton Marra and Charleston attorney Mike Hissam detail the closing arguments in the case with host Beth Vorhees in this special episode of the podcast recorded as a part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s morning news show, West Virginia Morning.

Deliberations began around 4 p.m. Tuesday and continue in Charleston federal court Wednesday.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws and lying to securities officials and investors about Massey’s safety record following the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 miners.