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Prosecutor in Ex-Coal CEO Case Manchin's U.S. Attorney Pick


The prosecutor on former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s case is Sen. Joe Manchin’s pick for U.S. attorney.

A spokesman for Manchin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Manchin wants Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Ruby to replace former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Goodwin left the Southern District of West Virginia job for a gubernatorial bid.

The president nominates Goodwin’s replacement. The U.S. Senate confirms the nominee.

It’s unclear if the Republican-controlled Senate would consider any nomination before President Obama leaves office.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s spokeswoman said she would support Ruby’s nomination, pending appropriate vetting.

Ruby said he wouldn’t comment on any possible nomination at this point.

Ruby landed convictions of Blankenship and several other ex-Massey officials after a deadly blast killed 29 men at Upper Big Branch in 2010.