- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s complaint about the four million documents in his criminal case is a backdoor attempt to get his trial delayed.

In a Tuesday filing in Beckley federal court, prosecutors say Blankenship wants special treatment by requesting that they identify which documents they’ll use in the case.

Blankenship’s attorneys say prosecutors’ production of documents doesn’t meet their obligations under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The ruling says prosecutors violate constitutional rights by not turning over evidence that could prove a defendant’s innocence.

Prosecutors say Blankenship’s request isn’t supported by law.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at Upper Big Branch, a former Massey Energy mine where an explosion killed 29 men in 2010.


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