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Ex-Coal CEO's Lawyers Say Prosecution Documents Massive


  Attorneys for Don Blankenship say prosecutors have given them more than 4 million pages of documents without identifying information that the government plans to rely on at the former Massey CEO’s trial.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the attorneys say they won’t have time to review all the documents to find this information before the trial, which is scheduled for July. Their motion asks U.S. District Judge Irene Berger to order prosecutors to identify all documents that they intend to use.

Blankenship’s attorneys say prosecutors’ massive production of documents doesn’t meet their obligations under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The ruling says prosecutors violate a defendant’s constitutional rights by not turning over evidence that could prove a person’s innocence.

The Charleston Daily Mail first reported the filing.