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Massey Energy Ordered to Pay for Ex-CEO’s Criminal Defense

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Massey Energy Co. must pay the legal expenses of former chief Donald Blankenship for his defense to federal charges stemming from the worst U.S. coal disaster in 40 years, a judge ruled.

The ruling Thursday by Delaware Chancery Court Judge Andre Bouchard will make it easier for Blankenship to mount a defense to a criminal case that as of April 1 had cost him about $5.8 million. He is scheduled to go on trial July 13 in Charleston, West Virginia, on charges of securities fraud and violating federal mine safety standards.