An energy company executive in West Virginia who has lambasted his prosecution and conviction on mine-safety conspiracy charges lost his effort in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to revive his challenge.
Donald Blankenship, the former chief executive of coal giant Massey Energy Co., was convicted at trial on a misdemeanor charge and sentenced to a year in jail and a $250,000 fine. He was released from custody in May. His company owned the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, which was the site in April 2010 of the deadliest coal mine disaster in decades—a coal dust explosion that killed 29 miners. The mine had a history of safety violations.
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