Massey Ex-CEO Blankenship Guilty in Fatal Mine Blast

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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