- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has denied former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s request to delay his Oct. 1 trial start to January.

Judge Irene Berger denied the request in a Beckley federal court filing Thursday.

Defense attorneys had filed a motion to postpone the trial until at least January. They say they received from prosecutors 72,700 pages of records from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. They said it’s impossible for them to review the records before Oct. 1.

Prosecutors called it a tactic to seek delay.

Blankenship is charged with violating mine safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, where a 2010 explosion killed 29 men. Berger will oversee the trial in Charleston.

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