Massey Ex-CEO Blankenship Guilty in Fatal Mine Blast

Donald Blankenship
Donald Blankenship. Photographer: Walter Scriptunas II/AP Photo

Former Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship, one of Appalachia’s last coal barons, was found guilty of plotting to speed up production by ignoring safety rules at a company mine that later blew up killing 29 workers.

Blankenship was convicted on a misdemeanor count of conspiracy and acquitted on two other charges of securities fraud and making false statements.

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