In 2010, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship went to court following a massive explosion in which 29 miners died. After several years of investigations and court proceedings, it was determined that the CEO was at fault. He had violated a series of health and mine safety standards that caused the explosion. Blankenship was committed to a year in prison – a sentence that just finished at the beginning of May. Now, he wants vindication from the Supreme Court.
Blankenship Appeals the Supreme Court
The Upper Big Branch (UBB) disaster went down in history as one of the biggest corporation tragedies, but Blankenship is still pleading innocent, even after a guilty conviction and a year in prison. “We never give up,” says his attorney William Taylor regarding their efforts to clear his name. Taylor notified the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to inform them of the Supreme Court petition.
Taylor is convinced that the Supreme Court will hear their plea. “It’s a pretty clear issue,” he reported. “We’re either right or wrong about that.”