U.S. Judge Rejects Bid by Massey Ex-CEO to Drop Mine Blast Charges

A federal judge has denied nine motions to dismiss charges against former Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship related to a 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people.
Blankenship faces three felony counts for allegedly ignoring hundreds of safety violations at the Upper Big Branch mine and conspiring to cover up violations. The blast was the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades.
Blankenship's attorneys had sought to have charges dismissed. They said a conspiracy charge was so broadly argued that it could cover the correction of safety violations.