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Blankenship Conviction Causes Concern for Coal and Other Dangerous Industries

Blankenship Conviction Causes Concern for Coal and Other Dangerous Industries

The United States Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a convicted coal baron Don Blankenship, who served a year in prison for violating mine safety standards. Coal groups had expressed their concerns over zealous prosecutions for unforeseen workplace disasters.

What is Criminal Behavior? Coal Groups Want to Know

What is Criminal Behavior? Coal Groups Want to Know

The Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia Coal Associations have filed amicus briefs asking the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to consider their views in support of Don Blankenship. While laying out their argument, the coal associations say explicitly that they do not wish to address the specifics of the former coal barons case; rather, they feel that criminal law has been misapplied here — that government could tag anyone with a crime if it searched long and hard enough.

Workplace Safety Law Reforms Would Reach From the Trenches to the Highest Corporate Offices

Workplace safety has always been atop the labor movement’s agenda. It is now becoming a priority for candidates seeking federal office, including the presidency. The high-profile prosecution of Don Blankenship is responsible for the renewed concerns, although it remains unlikely for now that labor laws will change. At issue here … Read more »