- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A federal judge is letting ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship see the jury selection transcript from a case where another Massey official was convicted.

Tuesday in Beckley federal court, Judge Irene Berger ordered that Blankenship can access the document from Hughie Elbert Stover’s case.

In 2012, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction that Stover lied to investigators and destroyed documents after the 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners at Upper Big Branch mine. Stover was a Massey security chief.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety and health standards at the mine. He faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted.

Blankenship’s lawyers want the case moved out of southern West Virginia, saying he can’t get a fair trial there. Federal prosecutors disagree.


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